Cornejo posts bail for grave coercion case

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MANILA -- Model-stylist Deniece Cornejo has avoided jail time this Holy Week after posting bail for her grave coercion case at the Taguig Metropolitan Trial Court on Wednesday.

Cornejo personally went to the court to pay P12,000 in exchange for her temporary freedom. Jed Fernandez, her co-accused, also did the same on Tuesday.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, for her part, has mobilized the agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to arrest businessman Cedric Lee and his sister Bernice, Simeon Raz, Jose Paolo Calma and Ferdinand Guerrero since they have yet to post bail.

She also ordered the Bureau of Immigration (BI) not to allow the suspects to leave the Philippines.

Cornejo and six others were ordered arrested by branch 74 Judge Bernard Bernal on April 11 for forcing television host-actor Vhong Navarro to admit in a police blotter that he attempted to rape the model at her condominium unit in Taguig on January 22.

Navarro denied he sexually abused Cornejo as the Department of Justice (DOJ) concluded in its two-month preliminary investigation that the actor was beat up so that Lee's group can extort as much as P2 million from him.

Lee and company are also facing the non-bailable crime of serious illegal detention before the Taguig Regional Trial Court branch 271 but the judge has yet to issue arrest warrants pending resolution of the businessman's motion for judicial determination for probable cause. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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