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Lawyer: David’s family should inherit his money

AT a hearing on Thursday before Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho, the lawyer of the late Eduardo Ocampo David’s family members said the inheritance goes to the family of the decedent.

Charity Hodson

David’s siblings have retained the services of attorney Charity Hodson after they learned that David’s employer, JAG construction owner Juan A. Gacayan, was staking a claim on the decedent’s bank account containing $20,794.

David, a 60-year-old 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.

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

On May 21, 2019, Gacayan asked the court to grant him access to David’s bank account, but Judge Camacho pointed out that “there was no will or other documentation indicating that David wanted his property or bank savings to go to Gacayan.”

Judge Camacho then ordered Gacayan to explain how a non-family individual can inherit money from a decedent without a will.

Gacayan’s attorney, Joey P. San Nicolas, told the court that he will submit a response to the court order.

Outside the courtroom later, Gacayan told reporters: “I understand that the relatives have hired an attorney and I am looking forward to working with her.”

San Nicolas said: “At this point, what I will say is that we are working with all the heirs to resolve this.”

Gacayan told Variety that once the final distribution decree has been issued, he will give all of David’s money to the decedent’s relatives.

Variety was told that the bank refused to release David’s money to him after he suffered a heart attack because he was incoherent. David was with Gacayan when they went to the bank, Variety was told.

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