NBI forms team to probe “Ma’am Arlene”

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The National Bureau of Investigation has formed a team who will handle the investigation into the issue of “Ma’am Arlene” who is allegedly influential among lower court judges and justices of the Court of Appeals.

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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 credibility of the Philippine Judges Association and the angle of “case fixing”.

He added they will also investigate the identity of a certain “Ma’am Arlene” who is said to be influencing the decision of the judges in exchange for monetary consideration.

De Lemos also confirmed the meeting between him and Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic F. Leonen took place Friday.

Leonen was tasked by the SC en banc to head a Committee in the Judiciary who will lead in the investigation into the alleged corruption in the Judiciary.

Two retired justices of the SC will be members of the Committee.

Nevertheless, the NBI left it to the SC to disclose the details of the coordination between the bureau and the SC in the ongoing investigation. PNA

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