InterAksyon.com reports that Senator Lito Lapid is currently the subject of a "discreet inquiry by the Office of the Ombudsman." The anti-graft agency’s "curiosity" was allegedly piqued shortly after Lapid’s wife, Marissa, was "caught red-handed by U.S. authorities with some $50,000 at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on January 15." The report noted that Marissa is out on bond and is currently staying in a family-owned house at No. 2055 Buffalo Drive in Las Vegas.
InterAksyon also revealed: "Lapid acquired the Buffalo Drive house and another Las Vegas house in Bugler Swan Way, with a combined cost for the two assets of over $1 million; and a P25-million duplex in Baguio City the past six years. All of these are not included in the senator's statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) filed in April 2011, according to his close associates." The said associates were not named in the report.
However, InterAksyon.com pointed out that "neither Lapid nor any of his staff could confirm or deny having received notice of an Ombudsman inquiry, much less talk about it. They all turned down News5's repeated requests for an interview since early February."
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