De Lima: Accused in Navarro case went abroad

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

JOSE Paolo Calma, one of the accused in the mauling of television host Vhong Navarro, left the country a day before a Taguig court ordered him and six others arrested on grave coercion charges, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Tuesday.

In a press briefing, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Calma was able to take a flight on April 10 because he was mistakenly identified as "John Paul Calma" in the Bureau of Immigration (BI) database containing the names of people placed on its lookout list.

"Let's see if this is a temporary departure or not. I'll wait for details about his flight," she said.

Calma has yet to post P12,000 bail before the Taguig Metropolitan Trial Court branch 74 for his temporary freedom unlike co-accused Deniece Cornejo, Jed Fernandez and Bernice Lee.

The actor said he was forced to admit to the police that he attempted to rape Cornejo, which Lee used as justification for beating Navarro black and blue at the model's condominium unit on January 22.

Except for Calma and Bernice, the group is also facing arrest for the non-bailable offense of serious illegal detention before the Taguig Regional Trial Court branch 271. (Sunnex)

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