MANILA, Apr 28 (Mabuhay) – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) presented to the media on Monday the arrested fugitive businessman Cedric Lee and Simeon Raz, who are both facing charges of serious illegal detention, a non-bailable offense.
NBI-National Capital Region (NCR) Regional Director Elfren Meneses and Assistant Regional Director Vicente De Guzman III presented Lee and Raz, who were both in handcuffs, to reporters during a press conference.
Both accused were in good spirits and seemed without any worries at all and sometimes even smiled and joked with the media members.
The NBI is set to formally inform the Taguig City Regional Trial Court (RTC) about the arrest of the two accused through the submission of the return of the warrant.
According to De Guzman, Lee and Raz need not be brought to and presented before the RTC unless ordered by the court.
Lee and Raz will remain in the NBI Detention Facility while awaiting for the commitment order to be issued by the RTC or the order where they should be detained.
They were arrested by combined elements of the NBI, Intelligence Services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Oras, Eastern Samar last Saturday.
They were earlier monitored staying at Japitan Beach Resort in Dolores, Eastern Samar on Friday evening.
However, when they learned that the authorities already knew of their whereabouts, they travelled toward Oras, Eastern Samar, where they were compelled to surrender.
For his part, NBI Deputy Director Rafael Ragos announced that Jed Fernandez, another accused in the mauling of actor-comedian Vhong Navarro, has sent a “surrender feeler.”
De Guzman also said they already have information about the possible location of Deniece Cornejo, but he refused to disclose details. (MNS)