The Immigration bureau on Saturday said that Arlene Angeles Lerma, supposedly the “Ma’am Arlene” being investigated by the judiciary, has left the country.
Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison confirmed that Lerma boarded a Philippine Airlines plane on Wednesday, October 16. He did not disclose Lerma’s destination.
“May nagtanong lang sa amin if this person has left,” Mison said, noting that he is not aware if Lerma is the same person who is facing investigation for alleged anomalies in the judiciary.
The Supreme Court on Thursday created a panel to probe allegations that a certain Ma’am Arlene is behind the case-fixing in the judiciary.
But High Court Administrator Midas Marquez earlier said that there are three different Arlenes – one from the Manila City Hall, one from the Court of Appeals (CA) and a former employee at the Manila Regional Trial Court.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has also formed a team to probe “Ma’am Arlene” who is allegedly influential among lower court judges and justices of the CA.
According to NBI Officer-in-Charge Medardo De Lemos, the group is composed of members from different divisions of the bureau, including the Special Task Force, Intelligence, Anti-Fraud and Anti-Graft.
De Lemos said the investigation will focus on the angle of “case fixing”.
He added that they will also investigate the identity of a certain “Ma’am Arlene” who is said to be influencing the decision of judges in exchange for monetary consideration.
De Lemos confirmed meeting with Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic F. Leonen, who heads the probe panel created by the High Court.
WITH A REPORT FROM PNA