The Court of Appeals has given some leeway for Japanese businessman Kazuo Okada to fight back as the power tussle in Okada Manila got messier.
In a September 7 decision, the CA’s Tenth Division partially granted request for a cease and desist order against the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and Tiger Resort Asia Ltd. (TRAL), after the regulator ruled against the takeover of Okada’s operations by Kazuo’s ally, Antonio “Tonyboy” Cojuangco.
PAGCOR and TRAL, their agents and representatives are “ordered to immediately cease and desist from performing any and all acts that interfere with, impede and obstruct proceedings” over the Okada Manila issue pending before the courts.
TRAL is represented by Atty. Carlos Ocampo while mother firm Tiger Resort, Leisure & Entertainment Inc. hired Divina Law for the cases. Kazuo, meanwhile, availed the services of the Herrera Teehankee & Cabrera Law Offices.
The CA, however, denied Kazuo’s appeal for a temporary restraining order. The magistrates said they cannot do so because of a pending status quo ante order (SQAO) put in place by the Supreme Court.
“While we may agree with the petitioner in some ways, we, however, cannot go along with him all the way,” read the ruling of Associate Justices Ramon Cruz, Louis Acosta, and Jaime Fortunato Caringal.
“We are not clothed with the authority to pass upon alleged violations of the SQAO issued by the SC,” they added.