NBI forms team to probe judicial corruption-A A +A
Sunday, October 20, 2013
MANILA -- Agents from several divisions of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will help the Supreme Court in probing claims of corruption in the judiciary, the agency’s officer-in-charge said.
NBI Assistant Director Medardo de Lemos said the team is composed of agents from the Special Task Force, Intelligence, Anti-Fraud and Anti-Graft divisions.
De Lemos said he will directly supervise the team with the help of the deputy directors.
The probe will look into reports that a certain decision broker “Ma’am Arlene,” whose identity will also be determined by the NBI, influenced the results of the recent elections of the Philippine Judges Association (PJA).
Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen met with de Lemos last Friday to discuss details of the investigation.
Leonen, head of the three-man investigating body formed by the SC, will then collate reports of the NBI, Court of Appeals and the Office of Court Administrator on the controversy.
As the issue heats up, Bureau of Immigration officer-in-charge Siegfried Mison said Sunday one of the three suspected “Ma’am Arlenes” had already left the Philippines for an undisclosed Asian destination.
Mison said Arlene Lerma boarded a Philippine Airlines flight last October 16. A radio report, meanwhile, said Lerma has been traveling outside the country in the past three months to seek medical treatment.
“Ma’am Arlene” allegedly showered gifts and spent for foreign trips of some justices and judges to secure favorable rulings for her wealthy clients. (Sunnex)