Court Grants Bail for Cornejo, Lee and Raz
Ringo | On 16, Sep 2014
The Taguig Regional Trial Court has granted bail on model Deniece Cornejo, Cedric Lee and Simeon Raz.
This is in connection with the serious illegal detention filed by Vhong Navarro for the incident that happened last January 22 when he was mauled. According to the report of ABS-CBN News the Taguig RTC set the bail for the group at P500,000 each.
Atty. Sal Panelo, the legal counsel of Cornejo confirmed, via an interview with dzMM, that a bail was indeed set citing the office of Lee’s lawyer, Howard Calleja. He also noted that even the relatives of the suspects were able to get a copy of the resolution.
“Nakatanggap sila ng mensahe na nagkaroon ng grant ng bail. In fact, Pati sila lola of Deniece Cornejo ay pumunta sa court to get a copy of the resolution…” said Panelo. “The court has confirmed na mayroon ngang grant ng bail.”
No Serious Illegal Detention
The camp of Cornejo welcomed this development noting that “our clients are innocent of the charges against them.”
In the same interview, Panelo noted that the element of serious illegal detention was not complete noting that the group of Lee only caught the actor raping Cornejo.
“Lagi naming sinasabi na walang serious illegal detention sapagkat unang-una paano magkakaroon ng serious illegal detention, alam natin na nabugbog si Vhong Navarro dahil ‘yung nagrescue kay Deniece ay naabutan siyang na sexual assault. So nung binugbog siya hindi mo pwedeng sabihin na dinedetain siya dahil that’s inherent sa pagsuntukan o pagrescue.”
Navarro’s Camp Shocked
Atty. Alma Mallonga, one of the lawyers of Navarro, said their camp has yet to receive the copy of the resolution. However, she admitted that she was “shocked” by the news when the illegal detention case was already qualified before the court.
“This case is serious illegal detention because the ‘illegal detention’ was qualified by threats to kill, saka ‘yung serious physical injuries at ‘yung component ng ransom.”
Deniece and her group were already indicted for the illegal detention case.
Mallonga added that during the closed-door hearings, Navarro’s testimonies have proven how strong the case is noting that they can’t answer back. It’s just too bad that the court didn’t allow more public information.
“Unfortunately, the court has not allowed more public information about this case has been going on. There’s been basically almost a gag order. That’s the only way to call it,” Mallonga said. “So you did not know how Vhong testified, how steady he was in his testimony, how strong he was in his recollection of the events… Walang nakalaman nun because the judge said nobody to watch.”
She also added that the testimonies of Vhong, the series of event and other documents like the doctor’s testimony for his surgery and the evidences found by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) never contradicted and remained unrebutted.
Mallonga kept her mum about the next plan of the camp, but said she will still meet with the prosecution panel to discuss what they can do. She added that her team will try to find out if there is the basis if the court is still in the position to decide on the case.
She feared that with this, the accused might leave the country.