“Because of what this powerful media network and the NBI have done way beyond their respective duties to the public, Cedric Lee (left) is, in my eyes, an underdog. Justice must be served, but it must not be in accordance with the conductor's beat of someone along Panay Avenue.So i contribute my voice into this dispute NOT TO TWIST THE TRUTH but to make sense of the madness,” says Atty. Raymond Fortun (right) explaining why he accepted the offer to be the spokesperson of Cedric Lee, one of the suspects in the Vhong Navarro mauling incident.

Photo: Jocelyn Dimaculangan / File

Spokesperson at hindi bilang legal counsel ang gagampanan ni Atty. Raymond Fortun para kay Cedric Lee, ang isa sa mga itinuturong suspek sa pambubugbog kay Vhong Navarro.

Ito ang nilinaw ng kilalang abugado nang eksklusibo siyang makausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), sa pamamagitan ng direct messaging sa Facebook, kaninang tanghali, February 7.

Lumabas ang usap-usapan na nagpalit na ng abugado si Cedric matapos mag-post si Atty. Fortun ng status sa Facebook kahapon, February 6.

Pero ayon kay Atty. Fortun, “My job is merely to speak on [Cedric’s] behalf before the media.

“This is something I am familiar with, having assumed this position in other high-profile cases in the past.

“The defences/arguments in court will be left to his current counsels.”

Ang kasalukuyang legal counsels ni Cedric ay sina Atty. Howard Calleja at Atty. Maria Concepcion Aquino.

Ayon kay Atty. Fortun, wala siyang anumang koneksiyon kay Cedric bago mangyari ang insidente ng pambubugbog kay Vhong Navarro noong gabi ng January 22.

Pero sinusundan daw niya ang mga balita tungkol dito simula nang lumabas ito sa publiko.

Dagdag pa ng abugado, “Since then, I have posted at least 2 articles in my Facebook account about my views on the issue.

“Cedric Lee contacted me last Sunday [2nd Feb], asking about my interest in being part of his legal team.

“I said I was okay with it, especially after what I felt was a highly questionable interview of a psychologist by a media network.

“I felt that it was too much of a ‘demonising’ of Mr. Lee which had no scientific basis.

“On 5th Feb, Cedric called me up again and informed me that he had made up his mind about my engagement as a ‘spokesman’ only and NOT as a lawyer. I agreed to his terms.”



THE EXPLANATION. Sa Facebook post ni Atty. Fortun, na pinamagatan niyang “The Tipping Point,” ipinaliwanag niya kung bakit nasa panig siya ngayon ni Cedric, na tinawag niyang “bad boy” sa artikulo.

Ito ay dahil umano sa ginawa ng Buzz ng Bayan kamakailan, kung saan isang body language expert ang nag-analyze sa isang panayam kay Cedric.