MANILA, Philippines – Businessman Cedric Lee and one other co-accused in the mauling of TV comedian-host Vhong Navarro will remain in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), despite an earlier court order to have them jailed at the Taguig City Jail in Camp Bagong Diwa.
The Taguig City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 271 on Monday, April 28, issued an order committing Lee and Zimmer Raz to the Taguig City jail.
The order was suspended by the same Taguig court a day after, as Lee and Raz appealed to be detained at the NBI instead, Prosecutor General Claro Arellano said in a text message.
The motion for continuous detention by Lee and Raz was filed Tuesday, April 29.
The earlier commitment order signed by Presiding Judge Paz Esperanza M. Cortes was already received Tuesday afternoon, April 29, by the NBI, in whose Manila headquarters Lee and Raz are currently detained.
Lee and Raz were arrested Saturday morning, April 26, in Eastern Samar. They were brought to the NBI headquarters in Manila the day after.
The two were arrested on account of a standing arrest warrant issued on April 11 by the Taguig court, before which they were charged with serious illegal detention and grave coercion over the beating of Navarro.
The mauling of Navarro occurred on January 22 at a unit in Forbeswood Heights Condominium in Taguig City, supposedly owned by one Soledad Ramos and leased to model Deniece Cornejo.
Lee’s camp claims that the beating was an act of citizen’s arrest, as Navarro allegedly raped Cornejo for less than a minute. (READ: Cornejo: Rape can happen in a minute, cites SC ruling)
Cornejo’s rape complaint against Navarro was dismissed by the DOJ investigating panel for lack of probable cause.
The arraignment of the accused in Navarro’s case was set by Judge Cortes on Wednesday afternoon, April 30. – Rappler.com
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