VIDEO | FBI undercover agent details US senator's arms deals in PH
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MANILA, Philippines – An affidavit by an FBI undercover agent details how California Sen. Leland Yee and his group allegedly supplied arms to, among others, Muslim rebels in the Philippines through a broker with alleged ties to an “influential personality” in the Armed Forces.
Lee, who is out on a $500,000 bail after being arrested along with 16 others for arms smuggling and six counts of corruption, supplied arms to Moro rebels in Mindanao through a certain Dr. Wilson Lim, who would pick up the contraband in Cagayan de Oro where Yee’s group allegedly landed them each time.
Undercover agent Emmanuel Pascua also said in his affidavit that Lee had once bragged it was easy to deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front because (then) they were fighting the government. Yee allegedly also claimed that Lim was able to pursue his trade because he had a backer in the AFP. M-16 rifles, missiles and rocket launchers were among those Lim's group brokered for Yee.
The Philippine government, Yee supposedly said, was also secretly funding the MILF in order to distract people from many corruption issues---a claim that Assistant Secretary Abigail Valte disputed.