Palace asks Binay to name Delfin Lee's supposed backer

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

MALACANANG on Wednesday challenged Vice President Jejomar Binay to name the supposed backer who tried to block the arrest of now detained real estate developer Delfin Lee.

In the regular press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the Palace is committed to prosecuting those involved in the multibillion-peso housing scam allegedly perpetrated by Lee during the previous administration.

"I certainly know that this government is committed to prosecuting those involved in the housing scam. Let us know who this person is baka puwede pang isama sa kaso," he said.

Binay allegedly said that an influential person tried to prevent the arrest of Lee last week.

On the planned inquiry of the House of Representative on the housing scam and the possible participation of some officials from the previous administration, Lacierda said it's up to the House leadership to conduct the investigation.

"It's within their jurisdiction to choose, if they choose to do so. I remember there was already a Senate investigation on the housing issue. If the House would prefer to also conduct their own investigation, of course, it is their prerogative to do so," he said.

The House's majority bloc received an authority to conduct a probe on the multibillion-peso housing scam.

Lee is the owner of Globe Asiatique Holdings Inc., which allegedly used "ghost buyers" to get close to P7 billion in loans from the Pag-Ibig Fund from 2008 to 2011. (SDR/Sunnex)

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