Palace wants probe on PNP 'debate' over Lee's arrest

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 17 2014 03:52 PM | Updated as of Mar 17 2014 11:52 PM

MANILA - Malacanang wants the Philippine National Police (PNP) to look into reports that police officers considered the release of Globe Asiatique founder Delfin Lee.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda noted they don't have the facts for now.

"I would have to ask [PNP chief] Alan Purisima first if that particular account is accurate, and we will ask first what are his actions, because this is something that we are not aware of. So we prefer that General Purisima look into it if there is any truth to that particular statement given by the government official."

Lacierda is referring to the allegations of HUDCC Deputy Secretary General and Assistant Secretary Daniel Subido.

In a report to Vice President Jejomar Binay, Subido said: “It is incredulous for the 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.”

Lacierda declined to comment further. "In fairness, we don't have the facts of that particular discussion, if ever there is one. But there was, at the time, there were questions coming from media also as to whether the warrant of arrest was still valid or not. So I suppose the same concern that was asked from media, perhaps might be also the same concern that they [police] have.”