Deniece to remain under CIDG custody

By Mike Frialde, The Philippine Star

Posted at Aug 08 2014 04:25 AM | Updated as of Aug 08 2014 12:26 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Detained commercial model Deniece Cornejo will remain under the custody of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Camp Crame, Quezon City until the Taguig City Regional Trial Court Branch 271 issues its decision on her motion for reconsideration.

Cornejo’s lawyers filed on Tuesday a motion for reconsideration after the court, which is hearing the illegal detention case filed by actor Ferdinand “Vhong” Navarro, denied the motions filed by Cornejo and her co-accused, businessman Cedric Lee and martial arts practitioner Simeon Raz Jr., asking the court not transfer them to the Taguig City Jail.

According to the CIDG, Cornejo’s motion for reconsideration is scheduled to be heard on Aug. 13.

On Wednesday, Lee and Raz arrived at the Taguig City Jail male dormitory inside Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig.

Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) National Capital Region spokesman Inspector Aris Villaester said Lee and Raz would spend a week or more in separate isolation cells before they are transferred to any of the cells located at the second, third and fourth floors of the city jail building.

Lee and Raz were previously detained at the National Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Manila.

In denying the motions filed by the three accused, the court ruled that it would be against the law if they are still allowed to be detained at the NBI or at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters at Camp Crame.

Lee and Raz earlier argued that Navarro’s celebrity status and media exposure will make them vulnerable to inmates in a regular jail.

They added that “their safety and their lives will be greatly endangered” if they are not allowed to stay in their current detention facilities.

Cornejo, meanwhile, called Navarro “very famous” with “many loyal, passionate fans across the country, among them are the ardent inmates of regular city jails.”