Bernice Lee arrested in San Juan

Posted at 04/21/14 8:19 PM

MANILA - (UPDATED) Bernice Lee, sister of businessman Cedric Lee and one of the 7 people facing criminal charges in connection with the January 22 mauling of actor Vhong Navarro, was arrested Monday night at her home in San Juan. 

National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents arrived at around 7 p.m. in Bernice's West Greenhills home to issue the arrest warrant for the grave coercion case filed against her by Navarro.

The arrest warrants for the grave coercion charges were issued last week by the Taguig Metropolitan Trial Court against Bernice, Cedric, Deniece Cornejo, Simeon Raz, Jed Fernandez, Jose Paolo Calma, and Ferdinand Guerrero.

Cornejo and Fernandez have already posted P12,000 bail each for the criminal offense.

On Monday, arrest warrants for the separate, non-bailable offense of serious illegal detention -- still in connection with Navarro's case -- were issued by the Taguig Regional Trial Court against the group, with the exception of Bernice and Calma.

NBI agents said they were looking to arrest Cedric for both criminal charges when they went to the Lees' West Greenhills home.

Bernice was found by NBI agents in a room, which was initally locked.

At around 8:30 p.m., she was brought to the NBI's NCR office where she underwent booking.

After getting her fingerprints and mugshot, Bernice also had a medical examination.

As she has yet to post the P12,000 bail, Bernice is now detained at the NBI.

The January 22 incident took place in Cornejo's condominium unit in Taguig.

Navarro was tied up, blindfolded, and mauled by the group, and was then brought to the Southern Police District where he was made to sign a blotter that detailed his supposed attempt to rape Cornejo, according to NBI investigators.

Cornejo's rape complaint against Navarro has since been dismissed. -- with a report from Eric Dastas, DZMM