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Cedric Lee, Deniece Cornejo Convicted in Vhong Navarro’s Serious Illegal Detention Case

Vhong Navarro

The Taguig Regional Trial Court has convicted Cedric Lee, Deniece Cornejo, and two others in the high-profile serious illegal detention case filed by actor-host Vhong Navarro. This landmark decision follows allegations that Navarro was detained, assaulted, and threatened with death by the defendants. Cornejo has been ordered into custody, while Lee, who did not appear at the court hearing, now faces arrest.

Here are some details according to the report of ABS-CBN News.

Timeline of Events

Navarro claimed that on January 22, 2014, he was detained and beaten at a condominium in Taguig City. He alleged that Cedric Lee and several companions, including Cornejo, forced him to confess to a crime he did not commit and threatened his life, demanding up to P2 million for his release. Navarro agreed to pay P1 million, fearing for his safety.

Cornejo’s claim that Navarro attempted to rape her on the night of January 22 was contradicted by CCTV footage showing her leaving the condo’s elevator just one minute after Navarro entered the unit. This evidence played a key role in discrediting Cornejo’s accusations against Navarro.

The court found Lee, Cornejo, and two others guilty of serious illegal detention. Additional defendants in the case include Bernice Lee, Simeon Raz, Jr., Jose Paolo Gregorio Calma, Jed Fernandez, and Ferdinand Guerrero. Despite attempts to dismiss the case, the court maintained its stance against Lee and his accomplices.

Seeking Justice and Next Steps

Navarro’s legal team expressed satisfaction with the court’s ruling, as it brought justice to their client after nearly a decade. However, they anticipate that the convicted parties may attempt to appeal the ruling. The court’s decision to order Cornejo into custody indicates a significant move toward enforcing the ruling, while Lee’s whereabouts remain unknown.

Moreover, as law enforcement authorities search for Lee, he is expected to face arrest in accordance with the court’s ruling. The Taguig Regional Trial Court’s decision sends a strong message regarding justice and the consequences for those who engage in serious crimes like illegal detention and assault. Further developments are awaited as the case progresses.

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