BI posts photos of Deniece, Cedric, 3 others at NAIA

Posted at 02/01/14 4:32 PM

MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has posted the photos of businessman Cedric Lee, model Deniece Cornejo and three other people involved in the mauling of Vhong Navarro at its counters in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

This, following the issuance of a lookout bulletin order against Lee, Cornejo, Bernice Lee (Lee's sister), Ferdinand Guerrero, and Zimmer Rance.

The BI clarified, however, that it cannot prevent the five from leaving the country, and will only report such incident to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

The five are among eight people who allegedly mauled Navarro in Forbeswood Heights in Taguig City on the evening of January 22.

Navarro earlier filed charges of serious illegal detention, serious physical injuries, grave threats, grave coercion and blackmail against Lee, Cornejo and company.

Cornejo, meanwhile, has filed a rape complaint against Navarro.

The LBO was isued upon the order of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, acting on a formal request dated Jan. 29 from newly installed NBI Director Atty. Virgilio Mendez.

The BI and NBI are both attached agencies of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

In a memorandum, also dated Jan. 29, to BI Commissioner Siegfred Mison, De Lima ordered the bureau to "[p]romptly relay to the Office of the Secretary, this Department (DOJ), to the Office of the Prosecutor General [Claro Arellano] and to the National Bureau of Investigation any pertinent information, especially those tending to indicate that the subject individuals are attempting to leave the country, and in order to obtain updates as to the status of their case and other relevant information that may be the basis for the proper course of action to be taken by the immigration officer." -- Report from Henry Atuelan, dzMM; With a report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News