MANILA - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will be impartial in its probe into the mauling of ABS-CBN talent Vhong Navarro, assured Justice Secretary Leila De Lima in the wake of reports Cedric Lee, the leader of the group that beat up Navarro, is well-connected, even with the NBI.
In a text message to ABS-CBN News, De Lima said she will look into Lee's reported links to "past and present" NBI officials.
"As in any probe that we undertake, I will make sure that the NBI's probe will be impartial and credible. I will also look into Cedric Lee's alleged connections to certain NBI officials, past or present," De Lima said.
The NBI has initiated an investigation into the incident and has subpoenaed Lee and Deniece Cornejo at 2pm, today, Monday, to its main office in Taft Ave., Manila.
Cornejo is the friend who Navarro visited in her condominium unit on Wednesday night, where the incident took place.
Cornejo and Lee's camp claims Navarro attempted to rape her, which led to the mauling incident.
Navarro, however, denies this, and claims Lee and company merely wanted to extort P1 million from him.
Another mauling incident allegedly involving Lee was reported in 2007, with athlete and TV personality David Bunevacz as the alleged victim.
Lee denied Bunevacz's allegations against him in a sworn statement executed with the NBI, reported entertainment website PEP.PH.