MANILA - The camp of Vina Morales filed a complaint at the San Juan City Prosecutor's Office last Friday accusing former boyfriend, businessman Cedric Lee, of "forcibly detaining" their daughter and violating a court-approved visitation agreement.
"I have been quiet about it but since people are asking me now, I have to tell the truth," Morales, 40, told Pep in an interview. "Ceana (Morales' daughter) was handed to my family at the court last May 23. She is only seven years old and was confused with what happened and a bit traumatized."
Morales' sister, actress Shaina Magdayao posted a photo with Ceana on Instagram last May 24. Magdayao said that she was glad to have Ceana back after a "stressful week."
Morales, who had refused to speak up on the issue prior to her message to Pep on Tuesday, said that she is now ready to fight for her daughter.
"Kung noon hindi ako lumalaban at tahimik ako ay dahil iniisip ko ang anak ko. Ngayon, handa na akong lumaban para sa anak ko. May hangganan din ang pambu-bully niya (Lee) sa akin at sa pamilya ko," Morales added.
Morales is currently on vacation with her boyfriend, Marc Lambert.
Morales split with Lee around the time she was pregnant with Ceana. She, however, admitted to have remained in contact with Lee for the sake of their daughter.
In 2013, Lee, along with several others, was accused of blindfolding and attacking "It's Showtime" host Vhong Navarro inside condominium unit of model Deniece Cornejo at Forbeswood Heights in Taguig City.
Last July, the Taguig Regional Trial Court Branch 153 junked Navarro's bid to reverse an earlier ruling granting bail to Lee in connection with the serious illegal detention case filed by the television host.
The court, however, added that the case is far from over as Navarro and his legal counsel could still present its evidence in court to further support their claims.
Lee was also tagged in the alleged unlawful release of P23 million and P14 million for the Mariveles, Bataan public market project, which was never constructed. He has since pleaded not guilty to graft and malversation of public funds.