MANILA - Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas denied he ordered the removal of Delfin Lee's name in the list of those with standing arrest warrants.
In a statement, Roxas said it is not part of his job to order the Philippine National Police (PNP) to do so.
“The role of the DILG Secretary is limited to approving the names to be placed on the list, and its corresponding reward, as previously recommended by the PNP Reward Valuation Committee,” he insisted.
So far, the Department of the Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular 2012-182 - which also carried a monetary reward for information leading to the arrest of the most wanted - has never been revoked, he said.
Based on rules, it is the PNP Reward Valuation Committee that delists or removes persons in the most wanted list.
He said he has also not received any request for the delisting of Lee’s name.
“And so we find that the arresting officers who apprehended Mr. Lee acted consistently with said Memorandum Circular,” he said.
He said anyone who has ordered the delisting should face an investigation.
“Ang korte na ang may hurisdiksyon sa kasong kinasasangkutan ni Delfin Lee. Susunod ang DILG sa anumang kautusan na ilalabas ng korte kaugnay ng nasabing kaso,” he said.