Deniece Cornejo and Cedric Lee want the probe into the Vhong Navarro case stopped.
The pair and three others facing criminal charges after allegedly beating and blackmailing the ABS-CBN host have asked the Court of Appeals to stop the official probe.
Cornejo, Lee, Lee’s sister Bernice, Simeon Raz, and four other accused in the case face criminal charges filed by Navarro including grave threat, grave coercion, unlawful arrest, and blackmail.
Cornejo filed a counterclaim saying that she was raped by Navarro.
The situation happened on January 22 and quickly became national news in the Philippines.
The Court of Appeals hasn’t decided yet whether to drop the probe, saying it’s waiting for the Department of Justice and the National Bureau of Investigation to respond to the petition.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said that she doesn’t think the probe should be dropped, according to ABS-CBN.
“There we go again. There we go again,” she said. “Takbo na naman sila sa CA. Why are we prevented from doing our job? The core mandate of the DOJ, NBI is prosecution and investigation. That is a purely executive function and not a judicial function.”