Binay seeks Senate probe into Delfin Lee ‘delisting’

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

THE Senate should conduct its own investigation into the alleged delisting of detained businessman Delfin Lee from the most wanted list of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Senator Nancy Binay said Thursday.

Lee's camp earlier questioned the legality of his arrest citing a letter from the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), which states that Lee had been removed from the most wanted list in accordance with the Court of Appeals (CA) decision quashing the arrest warrant.

"While the arrest of Delfin Lee after two years of evading the authorities was a welcome respite to the victims of the P6.6 billion housing scam, what is worrisome is that the camp of the accused is now questioning the validity of the arrest," Binay said.

Lee, the president of Globe Asiatique Realty Holdings, is facing syndicated estafa charges for using bogus borrowers to obtain P6.6 billion in housing loans from the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-Ibig Fund or HDMF).

Binay filed Senate Resolution 567 directing the appropriate committees to launch an inquiry into the alleged delisting of Lee's name as well as the CIDG's issuance of the said certification.

The resolution was filed despite the clarification issued by Interior Secretary Mar Roxas that Lee's arrest was valid and that of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima calling the CIDG certification an "honest mistake. Roxas' department oversees the PNP.

"We need to review the existing policies and laws governing the inclusion and removal of a person's name from the warrant of arrest database and the most wanted persons list in order to prevent lapses in the procedure which can be used to circumvent the law and legal processes," Binay said.

Lee was arrested last March 6 outside the Hyatt Hotel in Malate, Manila after two years of eluding arrest.

The Globe Asiatique president remains at the Pampanga provincial jail after the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order on the CA decision annulling the arrest warrant. (Sunnex)

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