Nowhere to run for Cedric Lee
Who knew that the mauling of Vhong Navarro in January this year could end up on the far shores of Eastern Samar? Nobody, perhaps not even businessman Cedric Lee and his associate Simeon Raz who were both arrested by police in the municipality of Oras Saturday morning.
Lee and Raz are facing serious illegal detention charges punishable by imprisonment of 20 years to death for the mauling incident involving Vhong, Deniece Cornejo and others. The arrest warrants for Cornejo and Lee’s group had been received by police on 21 April.
The two suspects stressed that they gave themselves up to police and that they were not trying to hide. Lee even said that he was in Oras for a business meeting. However, the timing of the visit to Samar may say otherwise.
The dogged pursuit of Lee began after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) failed to find him in his home in San Juan City on Monday. Since then, Lee, Cornejo and their accomplices had been considered fugitives. Lee and Raz’s arrest on Saturday is proof that police and the Justice department are serious in their pursuit of the truth and that it will stop at nothing to find it.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima confirmed the arrest, saying the two tried to escape on Friday night but were forced to surrender after being surrounded just in time by police. Lee and Raz are now in the custody of the NBI.