DELFIN LEE GAVE FUNDS TO AQUINO 2010 CAMPAIGN - ANTI-CRIME WATCHDOG

Did Delfin Lee, the man now detained on charges of syndicated estafa, help President Benigno Aquino snare the presidency in the 2010 elections? A leader of an anti-crime watchdog posed this question, on Thursday, as he took up the cudgels for Senior Superintendent Conrad Capa, the erstwhile Task Force Tugis chief who was castigated by Aquino for going on a “media tour” to oppose his relief. Dante Jimenez, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) founding chair, assailed the President for his cavalier attitude toward Capa, who led the capture of the alleged architect of the P7-billion housing racket on March 6. He said the President’s censure of Capa might have been because of Lee’s role in Aquino’s campaign in the 2010 presidential race. “What the President did to Capa was uncalled for. That’s really foul,” Jimenez told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
“Capa deserved recognition. He should have been commended and honored for his accomplishment, unless there’s a hidden agenda why the President did that,” he said. Asked to elaborate, he said he received “several information” that Lee was one of the President’s “biggest campaign contributors” when he ran for the highest elective post. “Is it true? These are information given to me. Lee is a moneyed businessman. He is well-connected in Malacañang and to some people close to the President,” Jimenez claimed. Vice President Jejomar Binay earlier disclosed that an “influential individual” had tried to intervene in Lee’s arrest and convince the Philippine National Police (PNP) to free the real estate magnate.
Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali, a staunch ally of the President and national treasurer of the ruling Liberal Party, admitted that he called PNP Director General Alan Purisima shortly after Lee’s arrest.
But he vehemently denied that he had asked Purisima to release Lee.

ALSO: Delfin Lee daughter Divine included in new fraud suit

Television host Divine Lee has been included as a respondent in a syndicated estafa complaint filed with the National Bureau of Investigation against her father Delfin Lee, her brother Dexter, and five other officials of Globe Asiatique Tower 2 Condominium.
Unit buyers of the GA Tower 2 formally filed their complaint on Wednesday at the NBI- Anti Graft Division headed by lawyer Romy Asis. Based on the complaints of Beth Clapano, Lydia Domingo and Cris Villavicencio included in the complaint sheet were Ma. Celina Cano, Fernandina Enage, Thebram C. Cuyugan, Imelda Saulo and Alex Alvarez. The new set of complainants said their complaint was different from those of the other victims of Lee’s realty company. “We are also victims of fraud and double selling of Globe Asiatique. We decided to file the case not only to secure our investment, but also for justice,” Villavicencio said in an interview.
The complainants in their statements said Divine, the socialite daughter of Delfin, was included in the rap sheet in her capacity as the chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of GA Tower 2 Condominium in Mandaluyong City when the transactions took place. “We cannot understand when we see her on TV acting like nothing is wrong, she should be held accountable,” the complainants said. The complainants attached a copy of the Security and Exchange Commission General Information Sheet bearing the name of Divine as official of GA tower 2. Lee was also named as one of directors and incorporators of the condominium in the documents submitted by the realty firm to the SEC on March 18, 2010. The complainants said that based on the incorporation papers that the firm submitted to the SEC, Lee as an officer of the condominium corporation was responsible for the management and operations of the building. Buyers of GA Tower 2 units have accused Delfin Lee and his company of “double-selling.”

ALSO: Aquino scolds Lee’s ‘noisy’ captor; he gets no citation

It was an April Fools’ Day bashing he will never forget. Senior Supt. Conrad Capa, who was sacked as head of Task Force Tugis a week after his men arrested fugitive real estate magnate Delfin Lee on March 6, was excluded from the list of police personnel honored at Camp Crame on Tuesday. Instead of receiving a commendation for his accomplishment, Capa got a dressing down from President Aquino, the commander-in-chief of the 148,000-strong Philippine National Police. The President berated an officer he did not name for going on what he called a “media tour” to protest his transfer, but apparently referring to Capa. “I really think that’s a disservice. He jeopardized the institution that he has served for so long in his life,” Aquino said in Filipino, ignoring a prepared speech during an awarding ceremony at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City. At the “Araw ng Parangal sa Kapulisan (Day of Honoring Police Personnel),” the President devoted a good part of his revised speech castigating the official he did not name, saying members of the PNP should not pick assignments. Earlier this month, Capa went public saying he had been sacked as task force head soon after his team arrested Lee, who is charged with syndicated estafa in connection with a P7-billion housing racket. ‘Influential individual’- Instead of getting a commendation, Capa alleged that he was being sent to “rot” at the Cebu regional police office to serve as a deputy regional chief for operations before he could be promoted to chief superintendent, a star-rank equivalent to brigadier general in the military. Vice President Jejomar Binay earlier called attention to an “influential individual” who allegedly tried to keep Lee from being arrested.
Oriental Mindoro Gov. Alfonso Umali, a key ally of Aquino, later admitted phoning PNP Director General Alan Purisima, but denied he tried to secure Lee’s release. The President has since cleared Umali, national treasurer of the ruling Liberal Party, and went all out Tuesday in condemning the actions of Capa. Professionalism - “This very loud official, let’s say that he’s good. The question is can we depend on him? Perhaps, the ordinary answer is we can as long as he is happy,” Aquino said in Filipino.

ALSO: Aquino roasts Capa for being picky, two others for bickering

Do public officials have the right to choose their assignments? President Benigno Aquino III does not think so. Aquino on Tuesday lambasted an unnamed official, believed to be former Task Force Tugis head Senior Superintendent Conrad Capa, for complaining about his new assignment. “Sabihin na natin magaling s’ya. Maasahan natin s’ya kung natutuwa s’ya. ‘Yun ba ang propesyunal?” Aquino said in his speech during the “Araw ng Parangal sa Kapulisan” at Camp Crame in Quezon City. (Let us say he is good. We can rely on him when he is pleased. Is that professional?) “Pinahamak n’ya ang institusyon…na pinaglingkuran nya,” he added, referring to Capa’s press conferences. (He compromised the institution he is serving.) Since capturing erstwhile fugitive businessman Delfin Lee, Capa has been re-assigned as the Deputy Regional Director for Operations of the Central Visayas Regional Police Office. The President pointed out that his new assignment was not even a bad position. Meanwhile, Aquino said he has been losing sleep over two quarrelling senior officials. “Ano ba kayo, mga bata?” he wanted to tell them. (Why are you acting like children?)


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MANILA, APRIL 7, 2014 (INQUIRER) By Marlon Ramos - Did Delfin Lee, the man now detained on charges of syndicated estafa, help President Benigno Aquino snare the presidency in the 2010 elections?

A leader of an anti-crime watchdog posed this question, on Thursday, as he took up the cudgels for Senior Superintendent Conrad Capa, the erstwhile Task Force Tugis chief who was castigated by Aquino for going on a “media tour” to oppose his relief.

Dante Jimenez, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) founding chair, assailed the President for his cavalier attitude toward Capa, who led the capture of the alleged architect of the P7-billion housing racket on March 6.

He said the President’s censure of Capa might have been because of Lee’s role in Aquino’s campaign in the 2010 presidential race.

“What the President did to Capa was uncalled for. That’s really foul,” Jimenez told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“Capa deserved recognition. He should have been commended and honored for his accomplishment, unless there’s a hidden agenda why the President did that,” he said.

Asked to elaborate, he said he received “several information” that Lee was one of the President’s “biggest campaign contributors” when he ran for the highest elective post.

“Is it true? These are information given to me. Lee is a moneyed businessman. He is well-connected in Malacañang and to some people close to the President,” Jimenez claimed.

Vice President Jejomar Binay earlier disclosed that an “influential individual” had tried to intervene in Lee’s arrest and convince the Philippine National Police (PNP) to free the real estate magnate.

Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali, a staunch ally of the President and national treasurer of the ruling Liberal Party, admitted that he called PNP Director General Alan Purisima shortly after Lee’s arrest.

But he vehemently denied that he had asked Purisima to release Lee.

Capa, who was transferred by Purisima as deputy regional director for operations of the Central Visayas police office a week after Lee’s arrest, expressed disgust over his new assignment, saying it was “definitely not a promotion.”

He lambasted Purisima, who personally tapped him to head the task force in July last year, for “misleading” the public about his sacking.

Speaking at a ceremony honoring outstanding policemen at Camp Crame on Tuesday, the President gave Capa a dressing down, calling his actions as “disservice” to the police force.

Capa was also left out from the list of police personnel cited for Lee’s arrest.

A former security aide of the President, Purisima is known to be one of the longtime and closest friends of Aquino in the government.

Jimenez said it was unfortunate that the President ignored Capa’s role in hunting down one of the so-called “Big Five” high-profile fugitives.

“President Aquino should hear what the public and Lee’s victims had to say about Capa. They are very happy with Capa’s accomplishment in arresting Delfin Lee,” he said.

In fact, he said the VACC and some homeowners who were duped by Lee’s company, Globe Asiatique Realty Holdings Inc., had presented an award to Capa and his subordinates for their efforts.

“The recognition we gave to Capa and his men is more meaningful than what the President and the PNP gave to some police personnel last Tuesday,” he said.

Capa, who had declined to comment on the President’s speech, won the admiration and support of the netizens, many of whom were disappointed by the Chief Executive’s public rebuke of the police official.

Jimenez said Purisima should also understand Capa’s predicament, arguing that his outburst in the media was just a normal reaction of any police official unceremoniously sacked from their post.

“Conrad Capa is just a human being after all. It’s just normal for him to air his disappointment,” Jimenez said.

Delfin Lee daughter Divine included in new fraud suit By Nancy C. Carvajal Philippine Daily Inquirer 9:00 pm | Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014


Divine Lee FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Television host Divine Lee has been included as a respondent in a syndicated estafa complaint filed with the National Bureau of Investigation against her father Delfin Lee, her brother Dexter, and five other officials of Globe Asiatique Tower 2 Condominium.

Unit buyers of the GA Tower 2 formally filed their complaint on Wednesday at the NBI- Anti Graft Division headed by lawyer Romy Asis.

Based on the complaints of Beth Clapano, Lydia Domingo and Cris Villavicencio included in the complaint sheet were Ma. Celina Cano, Fernandina Enage, Thebram C. Cuyugan, Imelda Saulo and Alex Alvarez.

The new set of complainants said their complaint was different from those of the other victims of Lee’s realty company.

“We are also victims of fraud and double selling of Globe Asiatique. We decided to file the case not only to secure our investment, but also for justice,” Villavicencio said in an interview.

The complainants in their statements said Divine, the socialite daughter of Delfin, was included in the rap sheet in her capacity as the chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of GA Tower 2 Condominium in Mandaluyong City when the transactions took place.

“We cannot understand when we see her on TV acting like nothing is wrong, she should be held accountable,” the complainants said.

The complainants attached a copy of the Security and Exchange Commission General Information Sheet bearing the name of Divine as official of GA tower 2.

Lee was also named as one of directors and incorporators of the condominium in the documents submitted by the realty firm to the SEC on March 18, 2010.

The complainants said that based on the incorporation papers that the firm submitted to the SEC, Lee as an officer of the condominium corporation was responsible for the management and operations of the building.

Buyers of GA Tower 2 units have accused Delfin Lee and his company of “double-selling.”

In the complaints they filed with NBI, the buyers of GA Tower 2 units said their units were in the names of other people who had taken out loans from Pag-IBIG.

Domingo said she found out about the scam after she was informed by Pag-IBIG that her unit was named under another person and could not receive her payments “because I did not owe them and the unit was under another person’s name.’’

She added that she had earlier communicated with GA management and asked for a refund of her money.

“Of the P1.2 million hard-earned money I paid to GA, they said they could only return P59,000 after deductions,’’ Domingo said.

Domingo also said that she began paying the unit in its pre-selling stage.

“They cannot claim the other buyer is the first buyer, because I purchased it during the pre-selling stage,’’she said.

Domingo added that from the start, she wanted to get a loan from Pag-IBIG to avail of low interest and low monthly amortization, but was given various excuses by GA employees so she would not avail of the Pag-IBIG loan.

“They waited for the time that I got tired of following up my request for the Pag-IBIG loan. I wanted the Pag-IBIG loan, not the in-house financing they offered. Now I realized why they insisted on an in-house mode of payments,’’ Domingo said.

Villavicencio said that she decided to file charges against GA officials to get justice.

“It was hard-earned money that we paid them. We chose GA because we believed in their promos, which turned out to be fake,’’ Villavicencio said.

Clapano said that more buyers would file their complaints before the NBI.

The victims said they decided to file a formal complaint before the NBI following the arrest of Divine’s father Delfin, from the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Hotel Casino on Pedro Gil Street in Manila’s Ermita district almost a month ago.

Lee was alleged to be the brains of the P7-billion housing scam that had victimized hundreds of house buyers, mostly middle income families.

Lee was using a Porsche Cayenne (XRE-761) at the time he was arrested, according to police reports.

He is now detained, in Pampanga provincial jail after the Court of Appeals affirmed his arrest issued by a Pampanga court in May 2012.

Police records also showed that Lee, while being a fugitive, was also reported to have visited the residence of Divine at the upscale Renaissance condominium at the Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

The complainants filed their sworn complaint before NBI agent and lawyer John Mengullo.

Aquino scolds Lee’s ‘noisy’ captor Supt. Capa; he gets no citation By Marlon Ramos, Christian V. Esguerra Philippine Daily Inquirer 2:39 am | Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014


Senior Supt. Conrad Capa: Left out. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—It was an April Fools’ Day bashing he will never forget.

Senior Supt. Conrad Capa, who was sacked as head of Task Force Tugis a week after his men arrested fugitive real estate magnate Delfin Lee on March 6, was excluded from the list of police personnel honored at Camp Crame on Tuesday.

Instead of receiving a commendation for his accomplishment, Capa got a dressing down from President Aquino, the commander-in-chief of the 148,000-strong Philippine National Police.

The President berated an officer he did not name for going on what he called a “media tour” to protest his transfer, but apparently referring to Capa.

“I really think that’s a disservice. He jeopardized the institution that he has served for so long in his life,” Aquino said in Filipino, ignoring a prepared speech during an awarding ceremony at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City.

At the “Araw ng Parangal sa Kapulisan (Day of Honoring Police Personnel),” the President devoted a good part of his revised speech castigating the official he did not name, saying members of the PNP should not pick assignments.

Earlier this month, Capa went public saying he had been sacked as task force head soon after his team arrested Lee, who is charged with syndicated estafa in connection with a P7-billion housing racket.

‘Influential individual’

Instead of getting a commendation, Capa alleged that he was being sent to “rot” at the Cebu regional police office to serve as a deputy regional chief for operations before he could be promoted to chief superintendent, a star-rank equivalent to brigadier general in the military.

Vice President Jejomar Binay earlier called attention to an “influential individual” who allegedly tried to keep Lee from being arrested.

Oriental Mindoro Gov. Alfonso Umali, a key ally of Aquino, later admitted phoning PNP Director General Alan Purisima, but denied he tried to secure Lee’s release.

The President has since cleared Umali, national treasurer of the ruling Liberal Party, and went all out Tuesday in condemning the actions of Capa.

Professionalism

“This very loud official, let’s say that he’s good. The question is can we depend on him? Perhaps, the ordinary answer is we can as long as he is happy,” Aquino said in Filipino.

“But if he’s no longer happy, we can no longer depend on him. Is that what you call professionalism?”

Good position but …

Aquino reminded the police that they could not choose assignments.

“Lately, we have had an issue [with] a person who refused to take a new assignment. Let me ask you: ‘Can we pick assignments?’” he said.

“Of course, by definition, it’s better to have a good position. That there are also bad assignments. Can we say, ‘I am volunteering for the good positions only?’ Who will volunteer for the bad? And this person, unfortunately, was not getting a bad position.”

The President was irked by Capa’s decision to go to the media to air his grievance. He recalled thinking to himself, “OK ito ah, goes out on media, says this and that, keeps quiet for a while, then goes back on a media tour.”

Capa’s men honored

Contacted on his mobile phone, Capa declined to comment on the President’s speech, but curtly said: “It (issue) has leveled up.”

Although dozens of policemen took part in the operation, only three members of the task force were recognized for their efforts in arresting Lee.

Awarded with the PNP Heroism Medal were Chief Insp. Rafael Lero, SPO1 Dante Cabalquinto and PO3 Eugene Amoyo.

Some members of the task force, which Purisima created in July last year to go after the so-called “Big 5” high-profile fugitives, said they were saddened over the fate that had befallen their erstwhile superior.

Teamwork

They also expressed disappointment with the decision of the PNP to exclude Capa from the list of awardees and disregard his role in the capture of Lee.

“It’s unfortunate that the President spoke about teamwork in his speech, but he refused to acknowledge that we could not have pulled this through without [Capa’s] leadership,” said one of the group’s members, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal from Purisima.

“The arrest of Delfin Lee was a product of the efforts put together by the members of Task Force Tugis. It’s not just the work of three policemen,” another task force member said.

Capa earned the ire of Purisima after he came out in the media to protest the PNP chief’s decision to transfer him as deputy regional director for operations of the Central Visayas police office.

Promotion?

Purisima claimed the reassignment was a promotion for Capa, who had served as his chief intelligence officer when he was appointed regional director of the Central Luzon police and the National Capital Region police office from 2010 to 2012.

In a previous interview, Capa said Purisima was “fooling” the public when he announced in a press briefing that his transfer was a reward.

Purisima is known to be one of Aquino’s longtime friends in government, having served as his personal security aide during the presidency of his mother, the late President Corazon Aquino.

“I’m very angry. I’m very frustrated … I will not take this sitting down,” Capa had told the Inquirer.

‘No match for Delfin Lee’

Asked why he thought he was relieved from his post, he said: “I was no match for Delfin Lee. I cannot fight that influential man. It’s now me who’s being harassed.”

He said he had accepted his fate, admitting that his chances of becoming a police general had dimmed after his outburst in the media.

“I already bade goodbye to my stars. I know that. But I really don’t care. In this particular case, I know I have the moral high ground,” Capa said.

“I don’t regret what I’ve said. I find happiness seeing ordinary people and Delfin Lee’s victims who congratulated me for what I’ve done to help bring them justice.”

Policewomen

At the awarding ceremony, Aquino also paid tribute to a policewoman in Tacloban City who, “at the risk to herself, at the risk of leaving her family unattended, performed her duty” during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda last November.

He also heaped praises on a group of policewomen who were first at the scene when a group of robbers struck a jewelry store at SM Mall of Asia last Sunday.

The President said those occupying positions in the police force should learn from the attitude of these officers.

“To them, the mission is clear: I went to this job voluntarily. I have an obligation to the community. I did. Very simple,” he said.

“The attitude shouldn’t be that while we’re occupying lower positions, we look after our people, but when we move up, we take care of ourselves. It cannot be that way.”

Aquino roasts Capa for being picky, two others for bickering By Kristine Angeli Sabillo INQUIRER.net 11:17 am | Tuesday, April 1st, 2014


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MANILA, Philippines – Do public officials have the right to choose their assignments? President Benigno Aquino III does not think so.

Aquino on Tuesday lambasted an unnamed official, believed to be former Task Force Tugis head Senior Superintendent Conrad Capa, for complaining about his new assignment.

“Sabihin na natin magaling s’ya. Maasahan natin s’ya kung natutuwa s’ya. ‘Yun ba ang propesyunal?” Aquino said in his speech during the “Araw ng Parangal sa Kapulisan” at Camp Crame in Quezon City.
(Let us say he is good. We can rely on him when he is pleased. Is that professional?)

“Pinahamak n’ya ang institusyon…na pinaglingkuran nya,” he added, referring to Capa’s press conferences.
(He compromised the institution he is serving.)

Since capturing erstwhile fugitive businessman Delfin Lee, Capa has been re-assigned as the Deputy Regional Director for Operations of the Central Visayas Regional Police Office.

The President pointed out that his new assignment was not even a bad position.

Meanwhile, Aquino said he has been losing sleep over two quarrelling senior officials.

“Ano ba kayo, mga bata?” he wanted to tell them.
(Why are you acting like children?)

He was most likely alluding to Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) president Ruben Platon and Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) head Chief Superintendent Noel Constantino.

Platon complained about Constantino’s decision to remove him as a signatory in the PNPA diploma.

An attached agency of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the PPSC supervises the country’s police academies.

All throughout his speech, Aquino complained of shortages in PNPA’s supplies and other problems that should have already been addressed.

He contrasted the aforementioned fighting officials with those awarded at Camp Crame that day.

He lauded the lone female awardee Police Inspector Marjorie Manuta who walked six kilometers from her home in Tacloban City to report to work after the onslaught of Super Typhoon “Yolanda.”

Manuta was among the few police officers in Tacloban who were able to report at the city police office despite the plight of her own family.

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