PNoy asks: DBP lawyer's death linked to anomalies?

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 03 2011 02:30 PM | Updated as of Aug 04 2011 04:40 AM

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino wants to find out what led to the death of Benjamin Pinpin, a lawyer for the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), who is said to had unearthed anomalous transactions of the past board.

Aquino is tasking Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima to find out if the investigative process has become “overzealous.”

“If they have been overzealous, we will rein them in. But if they are performing something that is necessary… ‘Yung zealousness of the board also, is to get a handle as soon as possible on what has transpired. Kasi dulo niyan may responsibilidad sila to keep that bank strong… Conflicting yan in a sense, alagaan mo ang karapatan ng bawat isa, pero yung need also to know everything as soon as possible to prevent any damage or any further damage from happening,” Aquino told reporters.

“So we will review, and I’ll task Cesar Purisima this afternoon to review whether or not they have been too overzealous.”

At the same time, Aquino appealed to the DBP’s rank and file to cooperate with the current board in efforts to investigate anomalies.

“Ang hinahabol po natin dito ay hindi mag-usig ng kahit sinuman lalo na sa rank and file, pero para malaman nga kung ano yung nangyari diyan, ano ba ang damage ang nangyari sa inyong institusyon. Sa dulo po nito, para mailagay kayo sa mas mabuting kondisyon,” Aquino said.

“So dapat siguro, makiusap ako, na makipagtulungan po sa kanilang current board, para naman po mailagay sa talagang kaayusan ang kanilang institusyon… Kapag nagka-problema po yun, sino ang unang maaapektuhan? Natural po, yung rank and file. Yung empleyadong mawawalan ng trabaho. Baka kung puwedeng kung tama ang ginagawa ng board nila, tama yung dereksiyon, tulungan naman po nila,” Aquino said.

The President also extended his condolences to the loved ones of Pinpin. 

Pinpin, 43, strangled himself with a nylon cord in the bathroom of a Eurotel hotel on Zapote Alabang Road, according to a police report.

The body was discovered before noon of August 2.

Pinpin was part of a probe into "previous questionable transactions" and appeared to have died "under unusual circumstances," the DBP said in a  statement.