Deniece Cornejo surrenders

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Monday, May 5, 2014

MANILA -- Fugitive model Deniece Cornejo, one of the accused in the mauling and serious illegal detention of comedian/host Vhong Navarro, surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday.

In a text message, PNP spokesperson Reuben Theodore Sindac said Cornejo is "now with them at the office of the chief PNP."

Accompanied by her granduncle, Rod Cornejo, and some lawyers, Cornejo turned herself in to authorities around 4 p.m., Sindac told ANC.

Cornejo arrived at the PNP General Headquarters in Quezon City, wearing a pair of jeans and a blue blouse and a bull cap, and walked straight to the office of PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima, where he had a brief chat with the country's top police official.

Later on, she was brought to the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) for booking procedures.

MANILA. Denise Cornejo poses for a mugshot after surrendering to the police Monday for the illegal detention case filed by actor-comedian Vhong Navarro. (Philippine National Police photo)

In a phone interview, CIDG-National Capital Region chief Senior Superintendent Roberto Fajardo said Cornejo's family sent surrender feelers to authorities two weeks ago.

"Nagpadala ng surrender feelers 'yung family ni Deniece sa CIDG two weeks ago pa. Ngayon from sa bahay niya sa Metro Manila inescortan lang siya ng mga tauhan natin papunta dito sa ating tanggapan," he said.

PNP-CIDG Director Benjamin Magalong said Cornejo will stay in Camp Crame overnight since the court handling her case is already closed.

She will be brought to Taguig Regional Trial Court branch 271 on Tuesday.

Cornejo, together with the arrested suspects Cedric Lee, Simeon "Zimmer" Raz and several others, has been facing serious illegal detention and grave coercion cases for the alleged mauling of Navarro in a posh condominium in Taguig City last January. (With Glaiza Jarloc/Sunnex)

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