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Mysterious Ma’am Arlene Unmasked?!!!

The most likely suspect of the mysterious Ma’am Arlene was allegedly one called Arlene Lerma, the éminence grise of the judiciary. Lerma, though she doesn’t hold office at the judiciary, is known to exercises power and influence.    Lerma is said to be in very friendly terms with judges and justices.  These J&Js are for sale.  With enough money to grease palms, verdicts can be facilitated in favour of Lerma’s moneyed clients.  Justice can be a total joke and can be subjective.  If you have enough money and knows Lerma and has her connections, you can dance around the laws of the land!

 

Just like those many before her( many she was the go between for) Lerma and her corrupt-a-minute transactions will probably not  land  her in jail because of her connections.

But know this Lerma, you are now out of the shadow!!!  watching-you-smiley-emoticonarlene
MA’AM ARLENE’S ‘AMIGAS’ Arlene Angeles Lerma (in pink circle), alleged fixer in the judiciary, joins last year’s retirement party for a court official with members of the judiciary. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

 

A Supreme Court insider has identified the so-called “Ma’am Arlene” who was earlier described as “the Janet Lim-Napoles of the judiciary” for allegedly influencing court decisions in favor of her clients with huge payoffs to judges and justices.

The source said the alleged “decision-broker” in the judiciary was none other than Arlene Angeles Lerma.

Lerma is known to most of members of the judiciary, according to the Inquirer source who asked not to be identified for lack of authority to speak to the media.

The media earlier reported that there were three Arlenes who showered members of the judiciary with gifts and cash.

The source was among those called by the Supreme Court committee under Associate Justice Marvic Leonen investigating corruption in the judiciary.

“We know her because she also attends parties for retired judges and events, but she is not a member of the judiciary,” the source said.

The Supreme Court insider said he overheard Lerma in one party for members of the Philippine Judges Association (PJA) saying “Iniwan ko na yung pang raffle (I left something for the raffle).”

Lerma came with Manila Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso to the PJA party, the source said.

The source said Lerma was close to retired Deputy Court Administrator (DCA) Antonio Eugenio Jr., a former Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge.

TROs

RTC judges and Court of Appeals justices are known to issue temporary restraining orders (TRO) that adversely affect or benefit litigants. There are reports that these TROs can be bought.

The source confirmed that the photo obtained by Inquirer was taken at the retirement party of Eugenio last year.

“The party was attended by judges and DCAs and she (Lerma) was there,” he said.

Two-time PJA president

He said Lerma was a strong supporter of Eugenio who served as a two-time PJA president when he was a regional trial court judge.

The source described as “unprecedented” Eugenio’s feat as two-time PJA president.

Lerma’s name cropped up as the “influential person” during the recent election for PJA president in October.

Lerma allegedly bankrolled the election of PJA officers and held parties for members of the judiciary.

Supreme Court Administrator Midas Marquez, who conducted an initial investigation of the alleged vote-buying in the PJA election, earlier said he had asked the three candidates vying for the leadership of the PJA to explain allegations of irregularities during the election.

The PJA candidates for president were Judge Ralph Lee of Quezon City (who won the presidency), Judge Rommel Baybay of Makati City and Judge Felix Reyes of Marikina City.

Hotel bookings, trips

 

Arlene reportedly booked 50 rooms in a high-class hotel for the judges and their spouses during the election and gave expensive bags and trips overseas as gifts.

Marquez has issued a circular reminding judges to conduct themselves properly during PJA elections and listed prohibited acts.

Isko kid’s godmother

Domagoso acknowledged that he knew Lerma, a godmother of one of his children.

“I never denied it. She’s my friend. She’s my neighbor in Balut, Tondo,” the vice mayor told the Inquirer in a phone interview.

Asked if he went with her to a party of the PJA, he said, “many times.”

He said he knew Lerma as an “ordinary, simple woman” who is a sister of a barangay chair.

“She has no business. She’s employed in a company,” Domagoso said.

He couldn’t recall her specific job and company.

Asked if he was aware of the alleged case-fixing activities of Lerma, Domagoso said, “As far as I’m concerned, I don’t know that’s she’s into [case] fixing. I have a high respect for the members of the judiciary. I don’t think that is happening nowadays.”

Lerma has been likened to Napoles, the alleged mastermind behind the P10-billion pork barrel scam. Napoles, along with Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla, and other lawmakers, has been charged with plunder and malversation in the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly pocketing millions of pesos from the Priority Development Assistance Fund, a pork barrel.

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Who is the Mysterious ‘Ma’am Arlene’ of the Philippines’ Judiciary?

I have always known that the Philippines is a matriarchal state; the women rule. But even this new information is a shocking surprise, not in a good way!!!

I thought I was beyond surprise but obviously not.

It appears that we Filipinos, without our unified knowledge, have been breeding vituperous  female vultures in the very midst of our Government. Janet Lim-Napoles is not the only woman working as a vampiric vessel to bleed the Philippine national treasury. There is also a certain ‘Ma’am Arlene’, the madam of the Judiciary.  This woman(?)  makes things happen, a mover,a decision broker.   Like a bordello madam she procures not women, but precious votes on behalf of those who engage her services.  She was a very prominent “figure” during the election early this year.

At the moment Ma’am Arlene remains anonymous as there is a possibility that this Ma’am Arlene is not working alone, or indeed not even a person, but possibly the covert name of a  network of decision bodies. Arlene has the powerful senators in her/their deep pocket.

We hope that De Lima gets all the resources she needs to put an end to this situation that makes the justice system rotten to the core and a joke.

JPJhermes

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NBI ready to probe judiciary’s ‘Ma’am Arlene’–De Lima

By Christine O. Avendaño
Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:52 am | Monday, October 14th, 2013

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Sunday said the National Bureau of Investigation was ready to help investigate reports of a certain “Ma’am Arlene,” said to be a “decision broker” in the judiciary—if asked to do so by the Supreme Court.

De Lima’s statement came as the Office of the Court Administrator under Midas Marquez launched an investigation into reports the recent election of officers of the Philippine Judges Association (PJA) was marred by vote buying instigated by a lobbyist known as “Ma’am Arlene.”

A lawyer, who is active in court but who declined to be named due to the sensitive nature of the matter, said that “Maam Arlene” was not working alone but was part of a “network of decision brokers” that included magistrates.

Reports have dubbed her the “Napoles of the judiciary,” referring to Janet Lim-Napoles who is the suspected mastermind of the P10-billion corruption scam involving legislative pork barrel funds.

“Ma’am Arlene” is rumored to be footing the bills for conferences and junkets abroad by members of the judiciary, among other favors.

In a text message to reporters, De Lima, who is on top of the ongoing investigation into the pork barrel scam, said she supported “in principle” any investigation into corruption in the judiciary.

She said that if the Supreme Court sought the help of the Department of Justice or the NBI in the investigation, “then we’ll gladly undertake yet another important assignment.”

“But at this point, I would not want to preempt any move or initiative that the leadership of the judiciary, a separate and coequal branch, would deem proper to undertake relative to those allegations of a ‘Napoles’ in the judiciary,’” De Lima said.

Last week, Marquez, who is leading the investigation of the reports, said he had asked three judges who vied for the leadership of the PJA to explain allegations of irregularities during the recently concluded elections.

Asked to comment were the three PJA presidential aspirants, Judge Ralph Lee of Quezon City (who won the presidency), Judge Rommel Baybay of Makati City and Judge Felix Reyes of Marikina City.

Marquez had also said his office was looking at three individuals named “Arlene” and would ask for their side of the story as well. He declined to name the individuals.

But the lawyer who spoke to the Inquirer said the network that “Ma’am Arlene” was part of was “responsible for why the justice system is not working.”

The lawyer described the network as a group of “decision brokers,” said to be in existence for two decades now, whose members “broker justice in exchange for a fee.”

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