The lawyer of Cedric Lee and Deniece Cornejo on Friday questioned the creation of a three-man panel by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to evaluate the charges they filed against TV host and comedian Vhong Navarro.
Lee and Cornejo attended the preliminary investigation of their complaint against Navarro.
The commercial model is accusing Navarro of raping her in a condominium unit in Taguig City on Jan. 22.
Last week, Navarro filed charges of serious physical injuries, grave threat, grave coercion, illegal arrest, blackmail and serious illegal detention against Cornejo, Lee and his sister Bernice, and Simeon Raz.
Howard Calleja, lawyer for both Lee and Cornejo, said the case does not involve national security to merit such attention from the DOJ.
The case, which is now up for ruling, is being handled by Assistant State Prosecutors Olivia Torrevillas, Hazel Decena-Valdez and Marie Elvira Herrera.
“We reserve the right. It depends on us whether we will pursue the action or not,” Calleja said.
The incident has generated national attention because a showbiz celebrity is involved. Navarro is one of the hosts of a television noontime show and has appeared in several movies.
The incident also hints of scandal because the circumstances that led to the mauling of Navarro are unclear.
Earlier this week, another woman filed rape charges against Navarro.