Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Wednesday said she is ready to issue a Lookout Bulletin Order (LBO) against Cedric Lee and Deniece Millet Cornejo, who were named in a complaint involving the attack on TV host and comedian Vhong Navarro, to stop them from leaving the country.
Lee and Cornejo were charged by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) at the DOJ on Tuesday.
The DOJ received reports that the two booked a flight to Singapore for the first week of February.
“Just waiting for a formal request from either NBI or Vhong Navarro’s
camp,” de Lima said in a text message to the media.
An LBO is a “baby hold departure order” which alerts immigration officers in all ports of exit in the country on the possible flight of subject individuals.
The order does not prevent the subject from leaving the country if he or she
has no pending warrant of arrest or pending court case.
An LBO is the new name for the “watchlist order” issued by De Lima
before which stopped President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from going abroad.
Charged with Lee and Cornejo was Lee’s sister Bernice, Ferdinand Guerrero, Zimmer Rance, an alias Mike, a John and several Peter Does.
They were charged with serious illegal detention, serious physical injuries, grave threats, grave coercion, unlawful arrest, threatening to publish and offer to prevent such publication for compensation.
The NBI proceeded with a preliminary investigation after Lee and Cornejo failed to appear for questioning.
Navarro alleged that he ganged up on by Lee and his companions when he visited Cornejo at the condominium at the Bonifacio Global City where she lives last week
The showbiz celebrity said Lee’s group tortured him and tried to extort money from him.
Cornejo meanwhile has filed a complaint of rape against Navarro.