Leni confirms Puno move after Robredo plane crash

Posted at 09/07/12 11:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Atty. Leni Robredo, wife of the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, confirmed Friday that a group of men tried to enter their condominium unit in Lansberg Place, Quezon City less than 24 hours after her husband’s plane crashed in Masbate.

In an interview with radio dzMM, Mrs. Robredo said she received a phone call from their maid last August 19, saying that a group of men were trying to enter their condo unit.

“Totoo yon na yung kasambahay namin sa Manila, siya lang yung naiwan sa bahay dahil umuwi yung mga anak ko. Tumawag ng Augsut 19 nagsasabing may mga tao, hindi niya sinabi kung sino, may mga taong gustong pumasok at may hinihingi na mga papeles. Parang nagtatanong siya sa akin kung papapasukin niya. Ang sabi ko hindi,” she recalled.

“Tamang-tama katabi ko si [Social Welfare] Secretary Dinky [Soliman]. Nagpatulong na ako at ipinaubaya ko na kay Secretary Dinky yung pag-asikaso ng problema. Until now, hindi ko pa nababalikan,” she added.

Robredo said she also asked the help of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima who later secured documents at the condo unit.

"Kung may sensitive documents dun, hindi magiging secure ang mga tao dun kung babalik-balikan sila," she said.

A TV Patrol exclusive report earlier said Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Rico Puno and several police officers tried to enter the condominium unit of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo on August 19.

Watch: Puno tried to raid Robredo condo

Sources said a certain Supt. Oliver Tanseco was able to enter the penthouse of the condominium building while Puno and several others waited outside.

However, the group was not allowed to enter the unit by Robredo’s househelp.

Tanseco then called Robredo’s lawyer to ask permission, but the lawyer also turned them down because the group did not have a search warrant.

Based on the building’s security logbook, the group, composed of Tanseco, Puno, Sr. Supt. Joel Pagdilao and a certain Apollo Reuben Toganon, arrived at the condominium at 10:30 a.m.

A source said the group also tried to enter Robredo’s offices at the DILG and at the National Police Commission (Napolcom) but were also stopped.

Puno and several officials of the Philippine National Police are the subjects of an investigation being conducted by Robredo prior to the crash.

Two weeks before the crash, Robredo allegedly informed the President of the investigation.

ABS-CBN News tried to get the side of Puno regarding the matter but he declined.