DELFIN LEE is still among the most wanted people in the country until the Philippine National Police (PNP) receives a copy of Court of Appeal’s decision clearing him of criminal liabilities, a PNP official said on Friday.
Senior Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, PNP Public Information chief, said that the Globe Asiatique president is still on PNP’s list of most wanted people despite the recent CA ruling acquitting him from the syndicated estafa charged against him.
“He [Lee] is still on the wanted list and we are waiting for the official transmittal of the resolution of the Court of Appeals,” Sindac said.
The PNP official said that once they received the copy of the CA resolution, which absolved and squashed Lee’s warrant of arrest for syndicated estafa, his name will be removed immediately from the wanted list.
“Once we received it [CA resolution] we will direct the DI and CIDG of the unit that publish it, to have him [Lee] delisted,” Sindac said.
Lee has been hiding from authorities for more than a year after the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 42 of Pampanga province issued a warrant of arrest in connection with the syndicated estafa filed against the businessman.
Since then, Lee’s name was included in the list of top five most wanted people in the country together with former army general Jovito Palparan; former representative Ruben Ecleo of Dinagat Islands; former governor Joel Reyes of Palawan province and his brother former mayor Mario Reyes of Coron town, Palawan.
Palparan is wanted for the case of missing UP students Karen Empeno and Sheryl Cadapan while Ecleo was the primary suspect in his wife’s murder. The Reyes brothers, on the other hand, were the prime suspects in the killing of Palawan environmentalist Doc Jerry Ortega. ANTHONY VARGAS