Actor Vhong Navarro and businessman Cedric Lee faced off at a Taguig court for the hearing of the latter’s petition for bail and motion for continuance of detention at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) compound.
Escorted by NBI officials, Lee and Simeon “Zimmer” Raz, accompanied by the former’s sister, Bernice, arrived at the Taguig court shortly before 1 p.m.
Lee, Ferdinand Guerrero, Raz, model Deniece Cornejo and Sajed “Jed” Fernandez Abuhijleh are facing serious illegal detention charges, a non-bailable offense, in connection with the mauling of Navarro on January 22.
Navarro, who arrived at the court past 1 p.m., thanked his supporters.
Alma Mallonga, Navarro’s lawyer, said her client was summoned to attend the hearing.
After three hours of hearing, it was Navarro who first left the court while refusing to grant media interviews.
On Tuesday morning, handcuffed and heavily guarded by security escorts, model-stylist Deniece Cornejo was presented to Taguig Regional Trial Court Branch 271 Judge Paz Esperanza Cortes, who had issued a warrant of arrest against her.
Cornejo is temporarily detained at the Anti-Transnational Crime Unit of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Camp Crame.
Cornejo arrived at the trial court at about 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, a day after she voluntarily surrendered to the Philippine National Police.
It was learned that the camp of Cornejo is set to file a petition for bail for the serious illegal detention charges.
The Taguig RTC has entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Cornejo.
Lee and Raz have been detained at the NBI detention center after they were arrested in Eastern Samar province on April 26.