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Cedric Lee, pal arrive in Manila; Lee denies hiding

(Updated 11:50 a.m.) A day after they were arrested in Eastern Samar for the mauling of TV host and actor Vhong Navarro, trader Cedric Lee and Simeon "Zimmer" Raz arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport early Sunday.

The flight bearing Lee and Raz arrived at the NAIA Terminal 3 before 8 a.m., radio dzBB's Mao dela Cruz reported.

When asked by GMA News whether he was arrested or gave himself up, Lee said, "I gave myself up voluntarily."

Lee denies evading arrest and says he was in Eastern Samar on business. (John Consulta/GMA News)

Meanwhile, a separate report on Bombo Radyo quoted Lee as saying he was not in hiding. He was also quoted as saying he was attending to his business in Eastern Samar.

Earlier, GMA News' Hadji Rieta tweeted the two were boarding a flight to Manila early Sunday.

Security was tight for the two suspects, who Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said were arrested by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation.

Rieta said the two were escorted by NBI and police personnel. Security was tight at the airport when the two were brought there, Rieta told dzBB.

A separate report on dzBB radio early Sunday said the two are to be whisked off to NBI headquarters in Manila and detained there upon their arrival in Metro Manila.

Raz is reportedly a mixed-martial arts expert. (John Consulta/GMA News)

Last Monday, police in southern Metro Manila obtained copies of the arrest warrants against Lee, model Deniece Cornejo and three others for the mauling of Navarro.

The warrants are for serious illegal detention, a non-bailable case. The NBI failed to arrest Cedric Lee in San Juan, though they briefly brought in Lee's sister Bernice for questioning.

Bernice Lee, who has been charged with grave coercion over the mauling, has been released after posting bail. — Joel Locsin/LBG/BM, GMA News