TACLOBAN CITY- Fugitive businessman Cedric Lee falls into the hands of government agents as he was arrested, together with a coaccused, in a beach house in Dolores town, Eastern Samar.
During the operation, Lee had tried to resist arrest from the agents of the National Bureau of Investigation only to be subdued.
Also arrested was Lee’s companion, Simeon Palma or Zimmer Raz inside a beach house located in Barangay Lunang, a kilometer away from the town proper of Dolores.
The two, accused of serious illegal detention filed by comedian Vhong Navarro, were nabbed by the NBI last April 26 at around 11:30 in the morning.
As of this writing, it has yet to be established how Lee and his companion, said to be a native of Santa Margarita in Samar, were able to hide at the said beach house whose alleged owner is living in the United States
A day after the two were arrested, they were booked on the first flight of the Philippine Air Lines for Manila where they were immediately detained at the NBI headquarters.
In his talks with the media, Lee vehemently denied that he attempted to resist the arrest as he claimed that he was ready to surrender.
The case filed against the businessman and his coaccused is a non-bailable offense.
Before Lee and Raz boarded PAL Flight Number 2982, passengers at the departure area of the Daniel Z. Romualdez, took their mobile phones to take pictures of the two.
Several passengers jeered Lee while he was whisked by the agents to the plane for their flight to Manila. The two were handcuffed though these were covered with t-shirt.
Arriving at the DZR Airport at 5:59 am, Lee and Raz were on board in a white tainted van in a convoy of vehicles.
Lee, when asked by reporters trailing him all the way to the tarmac on his arrest, declined to answer.
An NBI agent, who asked not to be identified, said that they were able to track on the whereabouts of the two by using the GPS (global positioning system) as they were using their mobile phones.
He said that the two were seen in the area days before the Holy Week. (JOEY A. GABIETA)