THE Court of Appeals (CA) on Tuesday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to present Globe Asiatique (GA) President Delfin Lee before the court today.
Lee, who was arrested last week on complaints of syndicated estafa, will be brought to the CA’s Special First Division at 10 a.m.
The division is composed of Associate Justices Manuel Barrios, Normandie Pizarro and Stephen Cruz.
In his petition, Lee claimed that his arrest was illegal since the CA has quashed the arrest warrant issued by Pampanga Judge Amifaith Fider-Reyes. He also sought his immediate release.
Lee is detained at the Pampanga provincial jail.
The CA found the businessman’s petition sufficient in form and substance, and directed the NBI and the police to show cause “why the relief sought in the petition should not be granted.”
Lee’s camp filed a supplemental pleading on Tuesday asking the court to summon the jail warden of the Pampanga Provincial Jail, the chief of the Manila Police District, and the three police officers who were part of the team that arrested the businessman on Thursday night in Manila.
Lee, through his lawyer Willie Rivera, pointed out that “there are events and occurrences which transpired that need to be included in [Lee’s petition for peremptory writ of habeas corpus] by way of supplement.”
On Monday, the Supreme Court allowed the Department of Justice to continue investigating Lee in connection with three other complaints files against him for syndicated estafa.
Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday welcomed the transfer of Lee to a Pampanga jail.
The housing czar said Lee’s transfer is justifiable as he swindled the Pag-IBIG Fund of almost P7 billion.
He assured members of Pag-IBIG, especially those defrauded in the GA scam, that his office will fight any efforts to release Lee.
“We will make sure that Lee and his cohorts will be punished for their crime, and the victims will be given the justice they deserve,” Binay said.
Lee was transferred on Monday night to the Pampanga provincial jail after his short stay at the detention facility of the NBI in Pampanga.