SC verifying 'Ma'am Arlene' escape


Posted at Oct 20 2013 06:07 PM | Updated as of Oct 21 2013 02:07 AM

MANILA -- The Supreme Court is trying to validate with the Bureau of Immigration if “Ma’am Arlene” – the so-called fixer in the judiciary – has left the country.

In a text message, SC spokesperson Theodore Te said a formal confirmation is being awaited from the immigration office.

Quoting an unnamed source, reports have come out that the supposed influence peddler known only as “Ma’am Arlene” has left the country on Wednesday, October 16.

The person supposedly left via Philippine Airlines.

The high court has already started an investigation on the actuations of “Ma’am Arlene,” tagged as the Janet Lim Napoles of the judiciary.

Te stressed the work of the committee led by Associate Justice Marvic Leonen is to verify if there really is such a person and whether she participated in influence peddling.

“Hence, its mandate and work continues. The committee is at the organizational stage and further announcements will be made this week,” Te said.

The Office of the Court Administrator was the first to announce an investigation on the matter. The Court of Appeals followed suit.

The influence of “Ma’am Arlene” allegedly also covers the Department of Justice and Office of the Ombudsman.