‘Bamban Mayor Alice Guo has ties with criminals’

SENATOR Risa Hontiveros revealed that Bamban, Tarlac Mayor Alice Guo has ties with criminals, aside from the many red flags on her persona.

In a statement, Hontiveros said documents submitted by Guo’s company Baofu Land Development, Inc. to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2019 showed that its incorporators included the mayor as well as Filipino national Rachel Joan Malonzo Carreon, Cypriot national Zhiyang Huang, Chinese national Zhang Ruijin, and Dominican national Baoying Lin.

Hontiveros said that in April, one of its incorporators, Ruijin, was convicted over links to the reported “largest money laundering case in Singapore,” while Lin also faced charges in the same case.

“Ang daming red flag ni Mayor Alice Guo. Wala na ngang maayos na record sa Pilipinas, may mga koneksyon pa sa mga kriminal. Is this why she is able to afford her lavish lifestyle? Galing ba sa mga kriminal at pugante ang pambili niya ng chopper at mga luxury cars?” Hontiveros asked.

The senator also welcomed the move of the Department of Interior and Local Government to remove Guo’s power over the local police in Bamban, given her connections with criminals.

“Dapat wala nang access si Mayor sa ating kapulisan kung siya pala ay protektor din ng mga kriminal,” Hontiveros said.

The senator added that Guo had admitted during a previous Senate hearing that “her friends” helped her run for the 2022 elections, which made Hontiveros ask if these friends were the same criminals that helped her.

Hontiveros explained that despite claims by Guo that she had divested from Baofu before she ran for public office in 2022, the fact that she has ties with these persons remains.

“Kaya ba siya tumakbong mayor para maprotektahan niya ang mga kaibigan niya? I am looking forward to our hearing on Wednesday. Sana naman may maalala na si Mayor,” Hontiveros said.

The Strait Times reported on Tuesday that Lin, a co-accused in the “$3 billion money laundering case” was accused of seven new charges that include using “forged documents and possessing benefits of criminal conduct.”

She now faces 10 charges in Singapore.

A report by Channel News Asia, meanwhile, said that Zhang Ruijin has “$41 million in assets overseas, including shareholdings in a Philippine real estate development company.”

The Philippine National Police (PNP), meanwhile, said it is closely coordinating with other law enforcement agencies regarding Hontiveros’ claim against Guo. (PNA)