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‘It was a misunderstanding,’ says Gacayan

“IT was a misunderstanding,” JAG Construction owner Juan A. Gacayan, told Variety, referring to the ongoing litigation over his deceased former employee’s bank account.

Asked to elaborate, he said he was advised by his lawyer, Joey P. San Nicolas, not to make statements to the media.

Eduardo Ocampo David, 60, an electrician who hailed from Pampanga, the 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. He left behind a Bank of Guam account containing $20,794.

Gacayan, after petitioning the court, was appointed as David’s estate administrator on Dec. 20, 2018.

David’s siblings in the Philippines have retained a local attorney, Charity R. Hodson, to represent them in the probate. Hodson filed her appearance in Superior Court on Tuesday.

David’s siblings are Maria Gina O. David-Cuenco, Monalisa Ocampo David, Marlene Ocampo David, Avelino Ocampo David Jr., Elizabeth Ocampo David-Sta. Ana, and Olivia Ocampo David.

Joey Patrick San Nicolas

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. The hearing will be held today, Thursday, at 9 a.m.

San Nicolas moved for a postponement of the hearing, but the judge denied it.

Variety was told that JAG Construction is still paying David’s hospital bills, which have racked up over $200,000.

A nephew of the decedent, Ian David, said they gave Gacayan special power of attorney in late 2018 because the employer said “he was going to pay the hospital bill and transport the remains of Uncle Eddie.”

Ian David said Gacayan’s daughter was directly communicating with them, but it stopped after she obtained the authorization from Eduardo David’s siblings in the Philippines.