Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada returned to the Philippines with full knowledge he would be arrested for the violent takeover of the casino hotel five months ago.
“I insisted on coming back to the Philippines despite several warnings from my lawyers that I may be detained by the authorities. I want to show to the Filipino people and the world that I am not afraid,” Kazuo said in a statement.
“I have nothing to fear when I know I am standing on the right side of the law. I will not bow down to intimidation, and I will not back off from this legal battle. This fight isn’t over,” he added.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Aviation Security Group (AVSEU) arrested Kazuo at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport upon his arrival from Haneda, Japan at 5:40 a.m. on 17 October 2022.
Kazuo was arrested for allegedly masterminding the violent takeover of Okada Manila hotel casino on 31 May 2022 along with his cohorts Antonio “Tonyboy” Cojuangco, Dindo Espeleta, and lawyer Florentino “Binky” Herrera.
A defiant Kazuo posted bail and vowed to fight on.
“I have given my instructions to my legal team to avail of all legal remedies to ensure that those who fooled and robbed me in Okada Manila be sent to jail for their lies, deceit and usurping operational control of Okada Manila,” said Kazuo.
“In the end I will be able to prove that I am the rightful and beneficial owner of Okada Manila. I am confident that the legal process within the Philippine courts system will vindicate us in all the cases filed against me and my business associates. The DOJ legal panel has already dismissed for lack of merit the six other charges of kidnapping, unjust vexation, falsification of public documents, direct assault, slight physical injuries, and serious illegal detention,” Kazuo added.