The element =ley 'it seems' is an enclitic that can often be translated as 'like'. So syntactically here it has a clause(or maybe just a VP) as its scope, but in other contexts its scope is narrower (aka=ley jeentis 'people like that'). Also it can function syntactically as an adverbializer, like Tamil =aa. It has no verbal characteristics.
Note that in Sri Lankan English, it seems is grammaticalized as the marker of the "reportative" evidential, corresponding to Sri Lanka Portuguese =ski, Tamil =aam, Sinhala =lu.
Source: Smith 1974-5: 1484a