Deniece Cornejo and Cedric Lee failed to secure immediate relief before the Court of Appeals for their petition to stop their persecution for the non-bailable offense of serious illegal detention charged against them.
The issue with regards to the mauling of Vhong Navarro with the involvement of the two and others will proceed. It means to say that the gathered evidences for the case filed against them will be used and will undergo procedure.
The special Fourth Division of the appellate court held in abeyance its action of issuing a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). The CA gave an order to the DOJ for filing of petition and the supplemental petition, within 10 days from the notice that contains all the arguments that explains why the TRO is not granted. Associate Justice Leocia Dimagiba signed the order with Associate Justices Ricardo Rosario and Mario Lopez concurring.
On the other hand, Cedric Lee and Deniece Cornejo filed their amendment petition with the Court of Appeals last March 14 asking the appellate court to stop the DOJ’s preliminary investigation against them due to several reasons but the DOJ has already concluded the preliminary investigation and filed the charges against them. The charges are serious physical injuries, grave threats and illegal arrest. According to the Article 267 of the Revised Penal Code, the crimes are non-bailable offenses. source
Another thing is that the DOJ junked the rape case filed by Cornejo against Navarro because of lack of evidences. The suspects on Navarro’s mauling are Cedric Lee, Deniece Cornejo, Bernice Lee, Zimmer Raz, JP Calma, Jed Fernandez and Ferdinand Guerrero.
The suspects are not allowed to exit from the country because the arrest warrants is already out as of April 14, 2014. This is the reason why the exit points of the country are heavily guarded. Be updated on this case in our future post here.