The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday presented to media businessman Cedric Lee and Simeon “Zimmer” Raz, suspects in the mauling of TV host-actor Vhong Navarro, two days after their arrest in Eastern Samar.
The handcuffed Lee and Raz refused to answer questions from reporters. Speaking for the two, their lawyer, Howard Calleja, said they will seek bail, although the case of serious illegal detention is non-bailable.
Calleja maintained that Lee and Raz were not captured, saying they surrendered to NBI agents. The surrender could be a mitigating circumstance that could lower the penalty if proven guilty.
The two were temporarily detained at NBI headquerters in Manila pending the decision of the Taguig City court hearing their case. Calleja wanted them to stay at NBI cells.
Lee and Raz were escorted by NBI agents from Tacloban Airport to Manila after they were allegedly captured at a nearby town.
The two, together with model Deniece Cornejo, and four others were charged with serious illegal detention in connection with the mauling of Navarro last January at a condominium in Taguig.
Lee’s sister Bernice, who faces a separate grave coercion case, was arrested earlier, and is out on bail.
JAIME R. PILAPIL