BI prevents Cedric Lee’s co-accused from leaving Manila


One of the accused in the mauling of TV host and comedian Vhong Navarro was stopped at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 3 from boarding a Hong Kong flight on Monday morning.

Ferdinand Guerrero was scheduled to fly to Hong Kong on a 5:40 a.m. Cebu Pacific Air flight when he was prevented by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel due to the watch list order.

According to Danny Calabio, NAIA-BI Terminal 3 duty supervisor, when Guerrero was seen queuing at the BI departure area, immigration personnel immediately told him that he could not leave the country because of the Department of Justice’s watch list order issued against him.

One of the immigration officers explained to Guerrero that his name appeared in the BI computer database.

He tried to argue with the BI authorities, but later decided to cancel his trip, turned his back and hurriedly left the airport.

Guerrero was among the accused charged of serious illegal detention and grave coercion before the Taguig Regional Trial Court. Among his co-accused are Cedric Lee, Bernice Lee, Deniece Cornejo, Simeon Raz, and Jed Fernandez.

Lee also tried to leave Manila for Dubai on Saturday (April 12) but his Cebu Pacific flight schedule was cancelled at the last minute.

According to Dennis Opina, head supervisor of the Bureau of Immigration at the NAIA, Lee had a booking on April 11 but was cancelled “maybe because the news that he is leaving spread like wildfire.”

Opina said that last Friday, they received information that a certain Cedric Lee booked himself on a flight to Dubai scheduled to leave Manila on April 12. but suddenly, Lee cancelled his flight. BENJIE L. VERGARA


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