Celso asks Senate, DOJ to ascertain Pring’s identity PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 14:35

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday asked the Senate committee on environment and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to establish the real identify of the Chinese national married to Zamboanguena Olivia Li, and embroiled in the illegal trade of protected marine species before the charges are formally filed in Court.
Mayor Lobregat made this recommendation during the continuation of the Senate inquiry on the illegal trade yesterday citing records of the various aliases that Li’s husband, Joe Pring, carries. 

One of the cases, specifically the one that has been pending with the City Prosecutor’s Office since 2007, was filed against Joe Pring and Li Yu Ming—names, which, according to Mayor Lobregat, refer to one and the same person.

Records show that Pring is also known as Lee Nyu Ming, Li Yu Ming, Lee Yu Ming, Jo Beng Li and GiokBeng.
During the hearing, the mayor submitted to the committee, headed by Sen. Miguel Zubiri, the different documents requested by the Senate. The documents included Pring’s records provided by the Bureau of Immigration on Deportation (BID), recent photograph of Pring as provided by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-9) and various other records supplied by concerned agencies and offices.

Mayor Lobregat said the Pring’s real identity and other details concerning the cases set against the latter should be studied carefully to ensure that the cases will stand in Court.

On the other hand, the mayor also informed the Senate during the hearing that Pring, based on reports received, has left the city Tuesday (June 7) afternoon to Manila via plane with connecting flight abroad.

Pring and wife Olivia, pinpointed as the owners of the confiscated P35 million worth of illegal marine products seized in Manila last month as well as the owners of the marine products discovered at the San Roque warehouse, were the center of discussion in yesterday’s hearing. They are both subjects of a warrant of arrest for failure to appear in the Senate hearing despite subpoenas served through their office in the city.

Meanwhile, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile yesterday tasked the Department of Justice-Manila to take over the cases against Li (that have been pending since 2007 and 2008) and other cases that may result following the seizure of the illegal marine products in Manila last May and the discovery of tons of marine products at the  YUSCOM warehouse in San Roque and asked for the relief of the prosecutors who handled the case earlier.

“The department should take over the case, reinvestigate it, file proper charges and then relieve these guys (prosecutors) from their job and investigate them for the satisfaction of the senate and also move for the extradition of these couple to the country so we can show to the world and our people that we are in earnest in enforcing our laws”, the irate Enrile said.

Invited to the Senate inquiry yesterday were Prosecutors Alfredo Jimenez Jr. and Gladdy Bernabe, couple Benny Yu and Rosario Yu, former Naval Forces Western Mindanao chief Admiral Emilio Marayag, NBI officials and agents and numerous others. — Sheila Covarrubias