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Eduardo David’s relatives: His money shouldn’t go to employer

RELATIVES of the late Eduardo Ocampo David will seek to block the estate administrator’s attempt to acquire the bank account containing $20,794.

David, a 60-year-old electrician who hailed from Pampanga, Philippines, died on Oct. 15, 2018 after over a week in the intensive care unit of the Commonwealth Health Center following a heart attack. He was not married and had no children. He started working on Saipan in the late 1980s.

His employer Juan A. Gacayan, who is doing business as JAG Construction, was appointed as David’s estate administrator on Dec. 20, 2018.

Ian David, a nephew of the decedent, told Variety in an email that Gacayan “lied to the court for saying that Uncle Eddie had no heirs.”

The decedent’s siblings are exploring legal options to prevent Gacayan from claiming Eduardo David’s bank account, said Ian David, a certified public accountant in the Philippines.

He added that their family has tasked him to prepare the legal documents for their petition.

“We will also hire a [Saipan] lawyer to act on behalf of Uncle Eddie’s siblings,” he said.

Ian David said his uncle’s siblings gave Gacayan special power of attorney in late 2018.

“We were forced to do so because according to him he was going to pay for the hospital bill and for transporting the remains of Uncle Eddie,” Ian David said.

After giving Gacayan authorization, all communications from him stopped, Ian David added.

Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has ordered Gacayan to explain how a non-family individual can inherit money from a decedent without a will.

Judge Camacho also ordered Gacayan to appear in court for a status conference on June 20 at 9 a.m.

Gacayan recently retained attorney Joey P. San Nicolas to represent him in the probate case.

San Nicolas on Monday asked the court to postpone the June 20 hearing scheduled hearing due to a scheduling conflict.