Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling arrested
MANILA, Philippines – More than a year since the mauling of comedian-host Vhong Navarro, one of the suspects accused of the attack has been arrested late Sunday, January 25.
Businessman Ferdinand Guerrero was arrested by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) inside the penthouse of Ritz condominium in Makati City around 10:30 pm on Sunday.
Guerrero, who has a standing arrest warrant over the January 2014 beating of Navarro, had tried to disguise himself and used different cars and condominium units to evade arrest, NBI Anti Illegal Drugs Unit chief Eric Isidro said.
“He tried to disguise himself by growing facial hair. Before the warrant of arrest was issued against him, he was sporting a clean look,” Isidro added.
For two months, NBI agents followed Guerrero's movements until he was arrested at the Ritz condominium, where he was temporarily staying.
“[Guerrero] was rich, he could stay in different condominium units in Metro Manila. He doesn't drive the same car and keeps on changing it,” Isidro said.
The arrest comes 9 months after Guerrero, businessman Cedric Lee, Lee's sister Bernice, model Deniece Cornejo, Zimmer Raz, JP Calma, and Jed Fernandez were charged with grave coercion over the attack on the television host.
The Taguig City Regional Trial Court issued the warrants of arrest against the accused on April 11. The NBI arrested Lee and Raz on April 26 in a resort in Eastern Samar, while Cornejo surrendered in May after weeks of evading arrest.
Meanwhile, Guerrero attempted to leave the Philippines two days after the charges were filed against him. Immigration authorities intercepted Guerrero and barred him from leaving for Hong Kong.
Cornejo, Lee, and Raz are currently out on bail.
Guerrero is now held inside the NBI detention facility.
The mauling of Navarro occurred on January 22 last year at a unit in Forbeswood Heights Condominium in Taguig City. – Rappler.com