Minority wants probe into Delfin Lee case 'interference'

Posted at 03/10/14 5:10 PM

MANILA - The independent minority bloc of the House of Representatives wants to initiate a probe into the alleged interference of some influential officials in the arrest of Globe Asiatique President Delfin Lee.

Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez wants to invite Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali to the lower House after the latter called Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Alan Purisima following the arrest of Lee.

Umali already admitted he indeed called Purisima on Thursday but only to confirm if Lee had been arrested.

He said it was the call from Lee’s lawyer, Gilbert Repizo, which prompted him to ask Purisima. He said Repizo is a friend and is also from his province.

Meanwhile, Oriental Mindoro Representative Reynaldo Umali came to the defense of his brother, saying he meant well and only wished to inquire about a previous Court of Appeals ruling that supposedly quashed the warrant of arrest versus Lee.

As president of the league of provinces, Alfonso has a seat in the PNP board and has access to Purisima. He is also the treasurer of the ruling party, Liberal Party.

Malacanang has also reportedly accepted Governor Umali’s explanation.

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza, however, blasted the administration allies, saying they are going against the President Aquino’s anti-wang-wang (siren) mentality campaign.