Palace: Lee was never delisted by police

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 10 2014 08:20 PM | Updated as of Mar 11 2014 04:20 AM

MANILA - Malacanang on Monday said businessman Delfin Lee was never delisted from the Philippine National Police's (PNP) database of people with arrest warrants.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a text message that PNP chief Alan Purisima "confirmed that Mr. Delfin Lee was never delisted."

It was earlier reported that the PNP gave Lee's camp the following:

- Certification from the PNP Criminal Investigation Division Group (CIDG) Warrant of Arrest Information Section (WAIS) dated Jan. 15, 2014, which states that the arrest warrant against Lee was removed from the WAIS database as of Nov. 20, 2013, due to the CA ruling, even if the DOJ elevated the matter to the SC on Jan. 2, 2014).

- Certification from CIDG acting head Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong addressed to one of Lee's lawyers, Atty. Willie Rivera, dated Jan. 16, 2014, stating that Lee's arrest warrant has been delisted from the WAIS database.

- A letter certification from Purisima, addressed to Atty. Pichay, stating that the PNP "fully recognizes and acknowledges" the CA ruling directing all law enforcement agencies from effecting Lee's arrest.

It was also reported that on Jan. 8, 2014, Purisima wrote Lee's lawyers a letter.

It said the "PNP is in the process of de-listing Delfin Lee from list of most wanted persons," and the "PNP fully recognizes Court of Appeals decision... that all government agencies tasked with the enforcement of the warrant of arrest... are enjoined (instructed) from implementing the same."

But Purisima also said that Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas "is the final authority in the approval of the de-listing."

On Jan 16., 2014, the PNP CIDG wrote to Lee's lawyers saying: "Please be informed this Group has already delisted... Delfin Lee from our Warrant of Arrest information system data base."