Arrested real estate magnate Delfin Lee should be moved to an ordinary provincial jail cell to show the government is not giving him any special treatment, according to Vice President Jejomar Binay.
“We must apply the rule of law and not give special treatment to the accused. Lee should be put in an ordinary provincial jail just like any accused,” Binay said.
Lee, the owner of Globe Asiatique, is detained at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) office in San Fernando City in Pampanga.
He was arrested on charges he used fake documents and ghost borrowers to secure about P7 billion in loans from Pag-IBIG.
Lee was brought to Camp Crame for a medical checkup after his arrest in a Hyatt Hotel in Manila on Thursday night.
On Friday morning, he was brought before Judge Amifaith Fider-Reyes of the Pampanga Regional Trial Cour (RTC) Branch 42, who issued the warrant of arrest against him.
Binay, chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and chairman of the Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees, ordered the filing of syndicated estafa charges against Lee and several GA officials in December 2010.
The Vice President also said that Lee’s case was the first to be filed under the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd as part of his campaign to reform the government and weed out corruption.
Aquino previously set a P2 million reward for Lee’s arrest.
Binay maintained that the arrest of Lee was valid, debunking the claim of Lee’s lawyers that he has been cleared of the charges after the Court of Appeals ordered the Pampanga court to recall the arrest warrant last November.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO