MANILA (UPDATE) - All immigration officers in all international airports and seaports in the country are now on the lookout for the possible departure of five individuals involved in the mauling of actor/TV host and ABS-CBN talent Vhong Navarro.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) issued a Lookout Bulletin Order (LBO) at 12 noon on Thursday against businessman Cedric Lee, Deniece Cornejo, Bernice Lee (Lee's sister), Ferdinand Guerrero, and Zimmer Rance.
The five are among eight people allegedly behind Navarro's beating in a condominium in Taguig City.
Navarro earlier filed charges of serious illegal detention, serious physical injuries, grave threats, grave coercion and blackmail against Lee, Cornejo and company. Cornejo, meanwhile, has filed a rape complaint against Navarro.
The LBO was upon the order of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, acting on a formal request dated Jan. 29 from newly installed National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Atty. Virgilio Mendez.
The BI and NBI are both attached agencies of the Dept of Justice (DOJ)
In a memorandum, also dated Jan. 29, to BI 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."
PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION INTO VHONG COMPLAINT SET TO BEGIN
The DOJ, through Prosecutor General Claro Arellano, also designated a three-member panel to conduct the preliminary investigation into Navarro's complaint for serious illegal detention, serious physical injuries, grave threats, grave coercion, illegal arrest, and blackmail against Lee and company.
De Lima ordered the panel to "expedite the resolution of the case."
"If it should be found that there is probable cause to criminally charge the respondents in court, to immediately file the case and obtain warrant for their arrest," De Lima's memorandum read.