The capture of fugitive Delfin Lee

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Pag-IBIG or HDMF members can at least heave a sigh of relief for the alleged businessman-housing developer who hoodwinked billions of their hard-earned savings is now under police custody. Look how the fugitive falls into the trap.

Shocked, Delfin Lee kept asking police who the Judas is who betrayed him

Delfin Lee is now in police custody.
He didn’t question the legality of his arrest. All he wanted to know was how he was arrested. He wanted to find out who the Judas was who tipped authorities regarding his whereabouts, said The Star through one of the arresting officers.
Lee is president of Globe Asiatique.
He was arrested at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, as he left the Hyatt Hotel and Casino in Ermita, Manila by the team of Senior Superintendent Conrad Capa and Chief Inspector Giovanni Martinez.
He had eluded arrest for nearly two years on charges of allegedly cheating the Pag-IBIG Fund of P6.6 billion. For uninformed readers, the Pag-IBIG Fund, which stands for Pagtutulungan sa Kinabukasan: Ikaw, Bangko, Industriya at Gobyerno, or Home Development Fund (HDMF) seeks to provide a national savings program and affordable shelter financing for Filipino workers.
The arrest shocked him so much, said the officer serving the warrant.
On the police car on the way to Camp Crame in Quezon City, Lee kept asking questions about his betrayal. He asked the arresting officers if somebody called them.

Sun rays provide way for fugitive’s identity

At about 3 p.m. Lee on board a tinted Porsche Cayenne arrived in the hotel from a guarded condominium complex in Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City from a “meeting”, said the informant.
The team assigned to nab the fugitive, who resembled the looks of the Dalai Lama, noticed the vehicle and kept an eye on it. But they were not sure whether Lee, wanted for syndicated estafa by a Pampanga court, was indeed inside the car.
The source said that it was quite hard to know if he was inside the vehicle because it was tinted and he had quite a number of cars.
But fortunately on that Thursday afternoon during the secret pursuit, Lee’s vehicle was illuminated by the rays from the sun, giving the pursuing lawmen an idea of who was sitting on the front seat.
Then the source said the arresting officers finally saw the person of Lee. They actually saw him inside a car, the first time in 6-month since they were tasked by PNP Chief Director General Alan Purisima to arrest the wily fugitive.

Lee hid in Manila most of the time, making good use of his cars to conceal his identity

Lee hid most of the time in Metro Manila, using to advantage about 5 cars as a means to evade constituted authorities, the source disclosed.
When Lee was going out the lobby, very noisy fireworks interrupted the arrest operation, the noise was so intense that members of the arresting team could not hear each other. They thought they would lose their target, the source said.
The cops rushed toward the hotel entrance to serve the warrant. Operatives blockaded the ramp where Lee’s driver was parked with his vehicle.
The lawmen made up their minds not to allow Lee to ride back in his vehicle again, happened what may, said the source.

Lee surrendered peacefully

Gilbert Repizo resisted the arresting officers in behalf of Lee. Repizo, who’s Lee lawyer, insisted that Lee is now a free man based on the ruling of the Court of Appeals.
The lawmen triumphed in the verbal clash, after Lee’s defender decided to hand him over to the law enforcers without any resistance. Thus the 2-year manhunt for Delfin Lee was ended
The country has the so-called “Big 5” or high-profile fugitives for arrest and Lee, with a P2-million bounty on his head is the first to fall.

Alleged political intervention to prevent Lee from arrest

The Palace has received reports that Oriental Mindoro Gov. Alfonso Umali allegedly tried to block the arrest and seek the release of Lee.
The Palace through Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary (PCOOS) Herminio Coloma Jr. said they would have to prove to find the veracity of the report. Gov. Umali will be given a chance to air his side. Other reports like those from the PNP will be considered to know what happened, said Coloma.
Umali told The Star yesterday that he did not intervene in the arrest of Lee.
He admitted calling up Purisima to clarify the status of Lee’s arrest because he said many residents of Mindoro knew about Delfin Lee’s case.
Umali said Lee had a subdivision project with former Oriental Mindoro congressman Rod Valencia.
Umali added that former Calapan City councilor Repizo requested him to inquire whether Lee’s arrest warrant was valid.
Repizo, a close friend and political ally of President Aquino, is a personal lawyer of Umali.

Arrest welcomed

Former head of the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) -Pag-IBIG Fund and Marikina City Rep. Romero Quimbo welcomed the arrest of Lee, saying it was due to the political will of the Aquino administration and the efficiency of law enforcement agencies.
He said the Office of the Ombudsman cleared his name in the alleged scam of Lee. He said it was in 2008 when the housing program began as a pilot project with Lee as the developer with 2,000 units only as a ceiling.
Quimbo said he wanted to make sure the project would work before it would be expanded as Lee had been insisting.
He said he put up safeguards, including a 95 percent guarantee of payment from Lee, to make sure the project would not put the government and ordinary borrowers at risk.
Quimbo said he was removed from the agency a year later after Lee strongly lobbied to expand the project and the safeguards that were put up were ignored. He said less than 2 weeks after he was removed, the ceiling was brushed aside and loan take-outs from the Pag-IBIG Fund ballooned.

Lee faces life term for syndicated estafa

Senior deputy state prosecutor Theodore Villanueva, after review of the complaint, recommended the filing of a syndicated estafa complaint with no bail.
Aside from Lee, the DOJ also ordered the indictment of Lee’s son Dexter Lee, Globe Asiatique officers Christina Sagun and Cristina Salagan, and Pagibig Fund official Alex Alvarez.
Villanueva also referred to the Office of the Ombudsman for “appropriate investigation” former Pagibig Fund executives Romero Quimbo, Jaime Fabian, Tessie Gonzales, Rafael Albano and Vilma Flores for possible violation of the antigraft law
Villanueva, however, cleared respondents Ramon Palma Gil, Lerma Vitug, Tintin Fonclara, Geraldine Fonclara, Revelyn Reyes, Rod Macaspac, Marvin Arevalo, Joan Borbon, Christian Cruz, Rodolfo Malabanan, Nannet Haguiling and John Tungol from any liability.

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  • Gov. Alfonso Umali (c) with Pres. Aquino (r)
  • Marikina 2nd District Rep. Romero Quimbo
  • Theodore M. Villanueva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th May 2014 (#)

another good one n.c.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
18th May 2014 (#)

MARK, your moderation and star works are greatly appreciated.
CAROL, thanks for being the earliest bird and the lifting comment as well.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th May 2014 (#)

Cannot understand the motives and the pains they take to build the network to hoodwink the poor of their hard-earned earnings. Maybe, heavenly help through rays from the sun that nailed him! Thanks Radomes for this share and I hope and pray that those deprived will get back their investment - siva

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author avatar Mariah
19th May 2014 (#)

Divine intervention here I think
thankfully the sun shone on the not so righteous on this occasion
making a positive ID possible
Excellent post NC

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author avatar n.c.radomes
19th May 2014 (#)

SIVA, I join you in your prayer that what is due to those hoodwinked of their investment be returned. I likewise pray for guidance and enlightenment for would-be investors to think twice before parting of their hard-earned money. God bless!
MARIAH, God has his way of doing things; thinks Lee must be jailed to prune his evil deeds.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
23rd May 2014 (#)

Excellent and informative post!

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author avatar n.c.radomes
23rd May 2014 (#)

Phyl, I was lifted up by your praise. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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