CA asked to stop DOJ probe on Navarro case

March 15, 2014 8:35 am 

MANILA, March 14 — Businessman Cedric Lee asked the Court of Appeals (CA) on Friday to stop the investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the case filed against him by actor-television host Ferdinand "Vhong" Navarro.

This was through a petition filed by the camp of Lee before the CA seeking the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) or an injunction.

At the same time, the CA Fourth Division on Friday ordered the camp of the respondents, including Prosecutor General Claro Arellano, National Bureau of Investigation Director Virgilio Mendez and the members of the panel of prosecutors handling the Navarro case, to submit their comment within a period of 10 days from notice and explain why the petition for TRO should not be granted.

Meanwhile, the panel prosecutors on Friday declared as submitted for resolution the complaint for serious illegal detention filed by Navarro against Lee, his sister Bernice, Deniece Cornejo, Simeon Raz, Ferdinand Guerrero, Jed Fernandez and JP Calma.

This was after Guerrero filed his counter-affidavit during the hearing Friday where he vehemently denied that he was inside the condominium unit of Cornejo when Navarro was mauled on Jan. 22, 2014. (PNA)

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