Deniece Cornejo Surrenders to PNP in Camp CrameBy Alex Jusi Madlangbayan on May 5, 2014 in Entertainment •
Deniece Cornejo surrendered to the Philippine National Police on Monday, May 5, 2014. The family of Deniece Cornejo denied that the model went into hiding in Samar. Two of his co-accused, Cedric Lee and Simeon Raz were arrested in Oras, Eastern Samar last April 5.
Reports say that Deniece Cornejo was with his uncle Rod Cornejo and Atty. Ferdinand Topacio when she turned herself in Camp Crame in Quezon City at around 4 p.m.
Cornejo, one of the co-accused in the mauling and serious illegal detention of actor-host Vhong Navarro last January 22, was taken to the office of PNP Chief Cesar Purisima who had a brief conversation with the model.
According to Sindac, Cornejo was brought to the office of PNP chief Alan Purisima to discuss her surrender.
Cornejo was taken to the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) building via coaster and processed under the Women and Children Protection Desk.
Sindac said they have yet to verify whether Cornejo was hiding with Lee and Raz, following evidence that the two had a female companion in Samar. However, Topacio denied that Cornejo was ever in the area with her co-accused.
Cornejo will be brought to the Taguig Regional Trial Court on Tuesday according to CIDG head Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong.
While Topacio did not disclose details of the surrender, ABS-CBN News learned that Cornejo’s family contacted PNP Human Rights Affairs Office head Chief Supt. Prudencio Tom Banas, a family friend.
Aside from Cornejo, Lee, and Raz, arrest warrants for serious illegal detention were issued against Ferdinand Guerrero and Jed Fernandez.
All five, plus Lee’s sister Bernice and Jose Paolo Calma, were issued separate arrest warrants for grave coercion.
Navarro denied raping Cornejo and alleged that he was blindfolded, tied up and mauled by Lee’s group. The “It’s Showtime” co-host claimed that Lee’s group forced him to say on camera that he raped Cornejo, and that they used the video and a police blotter detailing the alleged rape to threaten him against reporting the incident.
Cornejo’s rape complaint against Navarro was already dismissed by the Department of Justice.
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