Deniece Millet Cornejo, Cedric Lee, Zimmer Rance, and two others involved in the beating and blackmail of Vhong Navarro were spotted at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Cornejo, Lee, and some of the others involved in the attack have been charged with criminal charges such as illegal detention, but apparently haven’t been arrested as of yet.
The Bureau of Immigration posted photos of the five at the counters at NAIA. Bernie Lee, Cedric Lee’s sister, and Ferdinand Guerrero were the other two there.
The bureau had previously issued a so-called lookout order, which alerted police about about Lee, Cornejo, and the three others possibly leaving the country. However, the lookout order cannot stop the five from leaving the country, the bureau clarified according to ABS-CBN.
If any of the five leave the country, the bureau can only report that to the Department of Justice and the National Bureau of Investigation. The bureau and national bureau are both part of the department.
The national bureau in one of its latest steps seized Navarro’s cell phone and recovered incriminating text messages from Cedric Lee that outlined the attempted extortion.
On the other hand, Cornejo has filed a rape complaint against Navarro.
Navarro signed police documents that said he tried to rape Cornejo but later said that he was beaten and blackmailed into doing so.
The texts and CCTV footage back up his story.
The lookout order was issued by Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, acting on a formal request from newly installed national bureau Director Virgilio Mendez.
In a memorandum, also dated Jan. 29, to Bureau of Investiation 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.”