Pag-IBIG defends arrest of Delfin Lee

Posted at 03/07/14 1:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Pag-IBIG Fund insisted the Court of Appeals order to quash the warrant of arrest against Delfin Lee is not immediately executory, since it is not final and still subject to appeal.

Pag-IBIG legal counsel Sandy Coronel says this is why the Pampanga regional trial court judge has not yet recalled the arrest warrant.

She added the CA's latest order recognizes the government's pending appeal before the Supreme Court.

"The Supreme Court is the ultimate determinant of whether the warrant should be quashed and that is what the RTC judge is waiting for, a final disposition by the Supreme Court," she told ANC.

"The Court of Appeals precisely said we recognize there is a petition before the SC so we will defer to the SC."

Businessman Delfin Lee's camp on Friday cried foul over his arrest, saying the warrant of arrest used was no longer valid.

On Thursday evening, Philippine National Police's Task Force Tugis operatives arrested Lee in the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel in Manila. The police said they had made sure the warrant, which was issued by Branch 42 Regional Trial Court (RTC) in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga was "live" before conducting the arrest.

At the same time, Coronel said that with Lee's arrest they will now meet with witnesses to prepare for the trial of the syndicated estafa case. Aside from Lee, there are four other accused in the case.

"This case has been put on hold because of the failure of authorities to arrest and now that Delfin Lee is in custody, this case will progress from arraignment and pre-trial to trial... We are prepared to present all witnesses because we want to establish beyond reasonable doubt the guilt of Delfin Lee and his syndicates," she said. - With ANC