Deniece Cornejo posts bail for grave coercion charge

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 16 2014 12:13 PM | Updated as of Apr 16 2014 08:13 PM

Deniece Cornejo. File Photo.

MANILA – Model Deniece Cornejo on Wednesday posted bail for the grave coercion crime filed against her by actor Vhong Navarro.

Cornejo, who appeared before the Taguig Metropolitan Trial Court, was among the seven people charged of grave coercion and serious illegal detention in connection with Navarro’s mauling last January 22.

The other six are: Cedric Lee, Jed Fernandez, Bernice Lee, Simeon Raz, Jose Paolo Calma and Ferdinand Guerrero.

Cornejo previously filed a rape complaint against Navarro, which was junked by the Department of Justice for lack of probable cause last week.

Aside from Cornejo, Fernandez has also posted bail before the same court earlier this week, but he refused to give any statement to the media.

Last week, arrest warrants were issued for them for the bailable crime of grave coercion.

Presiding Judge Bernard Pineda Bernal of the Taguig MTC set bail for each of those charged at P12,000.

Although the seven can post bail, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has said that they can still be arrested if they insist on leaving the country without the permission of either the Department of Justice or of the trial court.

Should they fail to comply with this requirement, not only will they be barred from travelling abroad, they will also be arrested and charged for another criminal offense, De Lima added.