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PHL to probe Yee’s MILF links

Posted On 2014 Apr 03
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California State Senator Leland Yee (second from left) with co-accused Dr. Wilson Lim (leftmost) during a recent in Southern California, where Yee has been courting votes from the Filipino-American community for his supposed run for the California Secretary of State post. Others in photo are civic leader Malou Mariano and thespian Bernardo Bernardo during a reception in Yee's honor in Long Beach.

California State Senator Leland Yee (second from left) with co-accused Dr. Wilson Lim (leftmost) during a recent in Southern California, where Yee has been courting votes from the Filipino-American community for his supposed run for the California Secretary of State post. Others in photo are civic leader Malou Mariano and thespian Bernardo Bernardo during a reception in Yee’s honor in Long Beach.

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is conducting an investigation into the supposed plan to smuggle firearms into the United States from the Philippines, an official said.

Customs’ public information chief Charo Logarta-Lagamon said the BOC has been conducting an investigation after California state senator Leland Yee was arrested last Wednesday over charges of corruption and an alleged conspiracy to illegally trade in firearms with his associates in the Philippines.

She added that the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service, a unit under the BOC Intelligence Group, is leading the investigation.

Meanwhile, she noted that while they have yet to receive “an official correspondence from any local or foreign agency asking for assistance,” the BOC is ready to cooperate with other agencies.

According to an earlier report, Yee was alleged to have a military contact in the Philippines – identified only as Wilson Lim – in the arms smuggling operation.

“Lim’s associates in the Philippines were said to be trying to overthrow the current government and needed money,” according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s affidavit against Yee.

For its part, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said it is looking into an allegation that one of its officers may have been involved in a supposed plan to smuggle firearms into the United States, but stressed the guns could not have come from its arsenal.

Kahit na wala pa kaming hawak na pangalan (of the military officer), kahit na wala pa kaming hawak na dokumento o anumang request, tinitignan na rin namin itong allegation na ito,” Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, AFP spokesman, said.

Zagala however said that it seemed impossible that the smuggled firearms would come from the AFP’s inventory.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police has announced it will coordinate with US law enforcement officials regarding the matter. (MNS)

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