Cedric Lee, Zimmer Raz and Deniece Cornejo were all allowed to post bail worth five hundred thousand pesos (500,000) each by Taguig Regional Trial Court Branch 271.
The court’s decision reads, “It is clear therefore, that the motive for that alleged illegal detention by the accused of the private complainant herein is unclear. There are hypothesis pre-offered for the single act of detention. This being so, although there is probable cause for the charging of the crime of serious illegal detention, the prosecution had failed to provide strong evidence that illegal detention is actually serious or actually for the sake of kidnapping. In such a case, the Court has the duty to grant the accused bail.”
Lee, Raz and Cornejo are currently detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.
“This is a big step in proving what we have been reiterating from the inception of the case, which is the truth, and that our clients are innocent of the charges against them,” Calleja Law Office who is handling the case of Lee and Raz said in a statement.
On the other hand, surprised with the decision, Attorney Alma Mallonga, counsel of Vhong Navarro said, “We are very sure that a serious crime has been committed.”