Arrest warrant out, search on for couple in coral smuggling PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 June 2011 15:42

Combined police forces, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) together with the Senate’s Sgt.-at- Arms are now in search for Li Yu Ming with various aliases and his wife Olivia Li, principal suspects in black coral smuggling.

Mayor Celso Lobregat told a news conference yesterday in City Hall that the Senate’s Sgt.-at-Arms was to arrive in the afternoon to serve the arrest warrant against the couple for ignoring the invitation of the Senate committee on environment and natural resources to the hearings last Monday and Wednesday relative to the black coral smuggling.

Aside from the arrest warrant, Lobregat added, the Senate’s Sgt.-at-Arms was also set to serve to subpoenas summoning the presence of some prosecutors for the next hearing on Monday.

However, city police director Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo said that as of Wednesday the couple had already left their home in Tetuan. “Our investigation showed that Jo Pring left home on board a tricycle then Olivia followed aboard another tricycle,” he said, but he did not elaborate on the exact whereabouts of the couple.
Earlier on, Mayor Lobregat has requested the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation to place the couple under tight watch to prevent them from leaving the country.

Investigation, however, showed that Jo Pring was using different aliases, for which the BID had difficulty in issuing hold departure order against the couple. In addition, as of the latest count the BID records showed at least 10 persons mostly women bearing the name Li Yu Ming.

Records obtained by the mayor revealed that Jo Pring was Lee Yu Ming when he married a certain Ressureccion Mangalas, but in the business permit for Lim Li Trading in 2003 he was Li Yu Ming, which in another document appeared as Li Nyu Ming.

To avoid technicalities, Lobregat has requested Sitti Rubaina Lutian of the BID to further verify from all available records the true identity of Jo Pring, a Chinese national married to a Zamboanguena, Olivia. He suggested that similar names that do not reflect the true identity of Jo Pring in his late 50s and early 60s should be eliminated.
The BID is expected to submit today a report on its investigation and verification to Mayor Lobregat and other authorities concerned. — Vic Larato