Binay welcomes Delfin Lee manhunt

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 16 2012 08:18 PM | Updated as of Aug 17 2012 04:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Vice-President Jejomar Binay on Thursday welcomed the government's ongoing manhunt of Globe Asiatique owner Delfin Lee, who has gone missing after being tagged in a housing anomaly in Pampanga province.

Binay, chairman of the National Housing Authority board and head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), said the ongoing campaign to capture Lee and other high-profile fugitives shows the government's interest in serving justice.

"Ito pong aksyon na ginawa ng ating pangulo ay nagpapakita lamang na gusto niyang magbigay ng hustisya sa mga naloko sa pagbili ng mga bahay na dinevelop nina Mr. Delfin Lee," he said.

"Mga kababayan, isipin lamang po natin na iyong mga naloko sa pagbili ng bahay, mga manggagawa ang marami diyan. Kaya iyong pangarap na magkaroon ng sariling bahay ay nasira. Iyon pong mga ginawang double sale, pati mga dokumento ng taxes, mga ghost buyers, muntik na po tayong maloko, ang pamahalaan, ng mga milyun milyong piso. Uulitin ko po, itong ginawa ni Pangulo ay kasama talaga sa sinasabi niyang matuwid na daan," he added.

An arrest  warrant has been issued against Lee, who is facing a syndicated estafa case in connection with anomalies in Globe Asiatique's Xevera housing project in Mabalacat, Pampanga. Syndicated estafa is a non-bailable offense.

Globe Asiatique's lawyer Willie Rivera, told ANC that Lee will only surface if he is allowed to post bail.

Binay downplayed observations that the P1-million bounty on Lee's head should be higher and at par with the P2-million reward befing offered for information leading to the capture of Joel Reyes, Mario Reyes, Jovito Palparan, and Ruben Ecleo.

"Basta ang importante ay binigyang pansin ng pangulo para mahuli sina Delfin Lee at ang kaniyang mga kasama," he said.

"Basta't pinagtibay at pinakita na talaga ni Pangulo na talagang siya'y hindi nagbibiro na magbigay ng hustisya doon sa mga naapi at naloloko, at kasama po ito sa sinasabi niyang matuwid na daan," he added.