MANILA - The camp of Vice-President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday refused to name the alleged "padrinos" of Globe Asiatique (GA) owner Delfin Lee, saying that at least one of them has already spoken to the media.
Joey Salgado, head of the Office of the Vice-President's media affairs division, said the public already knows who are Lee's protectors.
"Sa tingin ni Vice President Binay, alam na ng mga taong ito kung sino sila. Nagsalita na ang isa sa kanila sa media. Ang importante ay hindi nagpa-pressure ang mga pulis na nakahuli kay Delfin Lee kahit na sa huling sandali ay mga pagtatangkang pakawalan sya," he said in a statement.
Salgado said the Vice-President is looking forward to the result of an impartial investigation into the reported delisting of Lee from the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group's list of most wanted persons.
He said Binay also wants to know why government prosecutors, Pag-IBIG Fund, and the private complainants "were kept in the dark about the supposed delisting."
"There are documents shown to media that go as far back as November last year enjoining all police units from enforcing the arrest warrant on Lee and informing his lawyers about his supposed delisting. These were undertaken apparently without due notice to government prosecutors, Pag-IBIG, and the private complainants," Salgado said.
Binay was the first to blow the whistle on alleged "influential persons" who went to Camp Crame to stop police from arresting Lee over the Globe Asiatique scam.
He said he received information that Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong, the acting director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), sent a letter to Lee's lawyer saying that the businessman was already removed from its wanted list.
Oriental Mindoro Gov. Alfonso Umali has admitted calling PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima to discuss the businessman's arrest but denied that he asked for Lee's release.
Both Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Malacañang have also urged Binay to name Lee's backer.
Lee is accused of using ghost borrowers and fake documents to obtain P6.65 billion in loans from Pag-Ibig Fund in 2009. He was arrested by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) in a hotel in Manila last Thursday night.
He is currently detained at the Pampanga provincial jail.
President Benigno Aquino III previously set a P2-million reward for information leading to the capture of Lee, who hid for almost two years.