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Naglahong parang bula! Robbie Antonio ‘abandoned’ Revolution, cosmetic startups, employees – NBI complainant

A Batangas-based cosmetic entrepreneur revealed his sad plight in taking back his hard earned money from the son of bilyonaryo Jose E.B. Antonio.

Skinfinitebeauty Aesthetics Center Corp. (SACC) owner Allan Lopez Navasero and his sister filed a complaint with the National Bureau of Investigation, seeking the return of their deposit bond after Robbie Antonio’s prefabricated homes developer Revolution Precrafted failed to deliver on its contractual obligations.

Navasero was forced to seek the help of the NBI after his demand letter addressed to Antonio on November 26, 2019 was ignored.

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“It was later on discovered that the companies Resurgent, Revolution, and Radiant were all abandoned by the majority owner Jose Roberto (Robbie) Reyes Antonio,” Navasero said in his complaint affidavit.

“The employees were also left hanging by the management which led to to resignations. The undersigned was left without any trace nor contact details of the owner or any authorized representatives of those companies,” Navasero added.

Navasero said he first touched base with Revolution Precrafted in July 2019 when he visited its office at the 4th floor of the Pacific Star building in Makati for a “business opportunity involving salon equipment.”

Navasero said SACC signed an exclusive supply deal with Revolution’s subsidiary, Radiant Beauty and Selection Corp. Under the contract, SACC paid five percent or P2 million of the P20 million contract as a “bond” to protect Antonio’s firm from “fly-by-night suppliers.”

He said SACC signed a deal with Resurgent Corp., another company owned by Antonio, in which he deposited a P1 million bond for a P10 million contract.

SACC signed a third contract with Antonio, this time with Revolution, for a P10 million supply contract for skin products wherein Navasero was required to make a P1 million deposit.

After paying a total of P4 million in deposits, Navasero claimed that Antonio failed to deliver on his end. Of the three contracts, only the one with Revolution pushed through and only partially.

Navasero said Revolution only accepted P2.2 million worth of items from the P10 million contract. Navasero said his firm was left with a lot of inventory which “caused unexpected cashflow without certainty on its return.”

He followed up with Antonio’s officers and employees who promised to “do something about it.”

But after a few more months, Navasero said the dealership agreements still did not materialize and the three corporations owned by Antonio were no longer returning any of his messages or calls as the officers and staff had quit.

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