MANILA - Vice-President Jejomar Binay on Monday remained mum on the names of allegedly influential people backing the release of detained businessman Delfin Lee after he was arrested for syndicated estafa.
Binay confirmed that he has already spoken to President Benigno Aquino about a report submitted to him by an official of Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund, which is chaired by the vice-president.
In an earlier report submitted to Binay, Assistant Secretary Daniel Subido said, "It is incredulous for the Philippine National Police (PNP) to even consider releasing an apprehended accused based on the mere representations of the latter's lawyer on the purported invalidity of the warrant of arrest."
"Clearly, there must have been influential people that worked on the actual delisting of Mr. Lee from the Warrant of Arrest Information System and pressured the PNP to cause Mr. Lee's release despite the existence of a valid warrant of arrest," said Subido, the deputy secretary general of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).
Binay said the Subido report was the beginning topic of his conversation with the President.
"Iyan naman ang pinagsisimulan niyan," Binay said in an interview at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani where he was guest of honor at the "Bantayog ng mga APO," an event that honored 4 members of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity.
Binay is a member of APO. Nicasio Morales, Arturo Taca, Magtanggol Roque, and Haydee Yorac were APO members honored at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani.
The vice-president refused to give further details of the conversation when asked if the President mentioned the names of persons allegedly backing up Delfin Lee.
"Hindi na lang (I'd rather not)," he said, grinning.