Cedric, Raz found hiding in coconut fields

Posted at 04/26/2014 11:58 PM

MANILA - The nationwide search for businessman and fugitive Cedric Lee came to an end Saturday in one of the many coconut fields in the province of Eastern Samar.

In a report from ABS-CBN's Maan Macapagal, it was revealed that both Lee and Simeon Raz went into hiding inside one of their friend's houses in a remote area in the town of Oras.

"Ang bahay na ito ay nasa tabing dagat sa Brgy. 13, Dolores, Eastern Samar. May laking 1,000 square meters ang lote. Yung bahay halos 350 square meters at may tatlong kuwarto," Macapagal said.

Lee and Raz also reportedly stayed for a day in one of the coconut fields near the home, and fed off coconuts after reports reached them of a pending National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) operation.

Officials eventually cornered both fugitives, who are charged for grave coercion and serious illegal detention--the latter which is a non-bailable offense--in connection with the January 22 incident that left actor Vhong Navarro with serious injuries.

"Inaalam pa natin kung iimbestigahan pa ng NBI o PNP (Philippine National Police) ang mga personalidad na nagkanlong kina Lee at Raz at kung desidido pa silang kasuhan ang mga ito," Macapagal added.

Navarro's legal counsel Atty. Alma Mallonga, in a statement, expressed hope that the other accused will be caught the soonest possible time.

Mallonga also said that the case can now move forward with the arrest of Lee and Raz.

Lee and Raz are only two of the 7 accused in the controversial mauling of the actor. Other suspects include model Deniece Cornejo, sister Bernice Lee, Raz, Jed Fernandez, Jose Paolo Calma, and Ferdinand Guerrero.

Arrest warrants for serious illegal detention were issued by the Taguig Regional Trial Court against the group, with the exception of Bernice and Calma.