MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) will hear the criminal complaint filed by actor-TV host and ABS-CBN talent Vhong Navarro against businessman Cedric Lee, Deniece Cornejo and 3 others on February 14, Valentine's Day.
Navarro earlier filed charges of serious physical injuries, grave threat, grave coercion, unlawful arrest, blackmail, and serious illegal detention against siblings Cedric and Bernice Lee, model Deniece Cornejo, Zimmer Rance, Ferdinand Guerrero, a certain "Alias Mike," and two unidentified accomplices.
Lee, Cornejo, Bernice Lee (Cedric's sister) aka "Marie," Ferdinand Guerrero, and Zimmer Rance have been subpoenaed to attend the first hearing at 2 in the afternoon.
The summonses are all dated January 30, signed by investigating prosecutors Olivia Torrevillas (Asst. State Prosecutor), Hazel Decena-Valdez (Asst. State Prosecutor), and Mari Elvira Herrera (Asst. State Prosecutor).
The summonses also state that another hearing is scheduled on February 21.
Respondents are directed to submit their counter-affidavits or joint counter-affidavit, as the case may be, and to personally appear before the panel upon its submission.
Respondents are not compelled to attend the proceedings. They may waive their right to be heard and present their defense.
A possible faceoff with Navarro may take place on the said hearing dates if both complainant and respondents decide to appear on the mentioned hearing dates.
Meanwhile, photos of Cornejo and the Lee siblings have been posted in all immigration counters all over the country.
This is after Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison placed Cornejo and company in the BI lookout bulletin order.
Dennis Opina, head supervisor of immigration at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1, said photos of Deniece and company are posted in all ports of exit. He said if any of the group appear at the ports, they will be subjected to rigid immigration check.
The BI official said legally, the immigration bureau cannot bar any Filipino from leaving the country without a court order.