VICE President Jejomar Binay wants Delfin Lee detained in a regular jail so that the people would not think that the businessman is being given special treatment.
Lee, owner of Globe Asiatique (GA), is currently detained at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) office in San Fernando City in Pampanga.
“Now, 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.
The Vice President, who is also the government’s housing czar, noted that the arrest of Lee is the “first step for all Pag-IBIG Fund [Home Development Mutual Fund] members and thousands of victims of double sale in attaining justice.”
Lee was brought to Camp Crame for a medical checkup after his arrest 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.
Lee was accused of using fake documents and ghost borrowers to secure a P7 billion loan from Pag-IBIG Fund.
Binay maintained that Lee’s arrest was valid as he debunked the claim of Lee’s camp that the businessman was cleared by the Court of Appeals (CA) when it ordered the lower court to recall the arrest warrant.
Meanwhile, Malacanang said on Sunday President Benigno Aquino 3rd is closely watching developments in the case of Lee.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. disclosed that the President even wanted to know why Gov. Alfonso Umali Jr. of Oriental Mindoro had to “intercede” for Lee’s camp.
“According to Governor Boy Umali, he called up PNP [Philippine National Police] Director General Alan Purisima upon the request of Attorney Gilbert Repizo, who is a provincemate and acquaintance of Governor Boy Umali,” Coloma said.
Umali asked Purisima the basis of Lee’s arrest, citing the CA’s ruling quashing the arrest warrant issued against the real estate magnate for syndicated estafa.
“According to Governor Umali, he had explained this to President Aquino,” Coloma said.
“Like the people, we hope that the capture of Mr. Delfin Lee will pave the way for the early resolution of the cases he is facing and render justice to the victims of the anomalous sale of houses by his company,” he said.
Aquino earlier set a P2 million reward for information leading to Lee’s arrest.
In clearing Lee, the Court of Appeals said “for estafa to have been committed by a syndicate, the act must be committed by five or more persons.”