Pinoy restaurateur gets delayed justice
The Supreme Court just recently handed restaurateur Eliza Bettina Antonino, who became a “target of opposition” in 2016 for being the former chief of staff of Mar Roxas, her delayed victory.
Supreme Court, based on the column of Victor Agustin at Philippine Star, ordered P450,000 in damages awarded to Antonino against the giant courier delivery services giant Federal Express for having lost nearly $30,000 in assorted Citibank checks over a decade and a half ago.
The younger Antonino is better known these days as the co-founder and managing director of The Moment Group, the restaurant chain that includes 8 Cuts Burger, Manam, and the local franchise of the award-winning Taiwanese chain, Din Tai Fung.
In 2003, Antonino, who was appointed SSS commissioner during the PNoy administration, and her mother, PNoy Cabinet member Luwalhati Antonino, have FedExed from the Philippines a number of US dollar checks to a certain “Veronica Z. Sison” of Jackson Heights in New York.
But the recipient never received the FedEx package.
“It is not clear if the Citibank checks had actually been cashed but FedEx tried to wriggle out of its liability by saying the Antoninos had violated the terms of the airway waybill by shipping checks,” Agustin wrote.
“But the FedEx line of defense was shot down by Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, who said that the missing checks were ‘order instruments’, not bearer instruments nearly equivalent to the prohibited cash for transport,” he added.