Delfin Lee's lawyers face raps for 'deception'

Posted at 06/05/2014 5:58 PM | Updated as of 06/05/2014 5:58 PM

MANILA - Lawyers of Globe Asiatique head Delfin Lee are facing charges of obstruction of justice for attempting to "deceive" government agencies that a warrant for Lee's arrest had been lifted.

Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group said he personally went to the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office on May 14 to file the affidavit of complaint against lawyers Willy Rivera and Gilbert Repizo.

"Because of deception. Napansin niyong ilang beses nilang pinapalabas na lifted na yung warrant. Pinapaniwala nila kami na lifted na yung warrant pati ibang agencies kaya finile-an ko sila ng kaso," he said.

Lee, who is facing a P6.6-billion syndicated estafa case, was arrested outside Hyatt Hotel in Malate, Manila last March 6. He is accused of using fake documents to secure billions in pesos' worth of loans for "ghost" borrowers.

At the time of Lee's arrest, Rivera and Repizo insisted that the businessman had been delisted from the Philippine National Police of most wanted persons following a November 2013 Court of Appeals (CA) ruling that quashed the warrant issued by a Pampanga court.

The Department of Justice, however, said there was a pending motion before the Supreme Court that questioned the CA decision.

Vice President Jejomar Binay later revealed that influential persons had tried to block Lee's arrest.