Cedric Lee, companion presented to media


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.




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  1. Mario Maghirang on

    I agree with Atty Calleja don”t know what his saying he is trying to portray his client to the media the they are a good guy. Anyway, you can charge more on Attorney’s fee be cause the going gets tough. Cedric Lee will pay the price for his arrogance and ignorance to law. He thinks he can do whatever he wants because of his connection to influential people. He even mentioned my former Commanding Officer (541st PC Ranger Company)now retired Gen. Abner Cabalquinto, I know he won’t condoned that because he is the man with integrity and a PMAer. I think 20 yrs or so for Cedric Lee and the gang is appropriate. Just bring a lot of reading material to keep busy while setting inside your 7×7 cell block. Keep in touch Cedric! Sayonara!

  2. If there not trying to scape they should have surrendered thru their lawyer upon the the release of the order of arrest by the court. But they did drive all the way to Samar when all the news and radio and tv that of the order to arrest them. They surrendered because they were already cornered by the arresting officers.

  3. anghel sa lupa on

    Ano raw? surrender ba yan nagtatago sa ilang at lib-lib na lugar kapag na corner ng alagad ng batas kusang SURRENDER asal at katwirang bulok ginagawa pang mga gago mga tao. Kahit hindi abogado walang mataas na inaral matuwid ang isipan tapos na ang maliligayang araw ninyo lahat may katapusan