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Senate to probe Lee ‘delisting,’ P7-B GA housing loan scam

Written by  Angie M. Rosales

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 00:00 [ tribune.net.ph ]

The housing scam that was pursued by Vice President Jejomar Binay three years ago is likely to be re-investigated in the Senate following a move to look into the circumstances that led to the arrest of Globe Asiatique founder Delfin Lee.

Sen. JV Ejercito yesterday said that his committee on urban planning, housing and resettlement will be conducting inquiry into the alleged P7-billion housing loan scam vis-a-vis the issue of purported delisting of Lee from the Philippine National Police’ (PNP) roster of so-called “most wanted” in the country.      

Ejercito said PNP officials will have a lot of explaining to do when his committee calls on Lee to appear before them in a public hearing scheduled next month.
It was the Vice President who ordered in 2010 the filing of syndicated estafa charges against Lee and four other GA officials that caused the issuance of arrest warrant against the latter following the discovery on the alleged ghost borrowers and fake documents in securing loans from Pag-IBIG Fund by those who supposedly bought homes in the property developer’s Xevera housing project in Mabalacat, Pampanga.
 
He said the investigation would focus on Globe Asiatique Housing scam as well as the policies of the Pag-IBIG Fund.

Ejercito said committee is also planning to invite PNP officials led by PNP Director General chief Alan Purisima to shed light on the alleged delisting of Lee and the sudden removal of the police officer who headed the team that arrested the fugitive businessman.

Reports said that Purisima allegedly issued a letter ordering the removal of Lee’s name from the most wanted list while it was the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) that issued the certification that arrest warrant issued against the businessman has already been removed from the warrant database.

Shortly before the Senate went on Holy Week recess, Sen. Nancy Binay filed the Resolution No. 567 to effect an an inquiry into this issue.

Binay insisted that investigation should be conducted even if Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II already clarified that the arrest warrant against Lee was valid and that the CIDG certification is an ‘honest mistake” according to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

“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 controversy, what is worrisome is that the camp of the accused is now questioning the validity of the arrest,” she explained.

The committee will also question the PNP chief about the decision to suddenly remove Senior Supt. Conrad Capa from the task force that is still on the process of case build up against Lee, Ejercito said.
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