Vhong was 'brutalized,' lawyer says


Jan. 27, 2014

MANILA – Actor Vhong Navarro was “brutalized” in a planned attack, his lawyer said Monday.

Atty. Alma Mallonga, in an interview on TV Patrol, said the “It’s Showtime” TV host was a victim of a vicious crime.

“Binaboy siya, binrutralize siya,” she said.

Mallonga said Navarro is undergoing reconstruction surgery Monday night because of the injuries he sustained.

She said the blotter report claiming that her client attempted to rape model Deniece Cornejo was part of “a premeditated plan.”

“Ginawa nila itong krimen na ito and in order for Vhong not to say anything, nireport sa police…sabi kay Vhong huwag kang magsasalita, huwag kang magsusumbong,” she said.

‘Evidence will show truth’

Mallonga said all pieces of evidence in the case will show Navarro is telling the truth.

“Madali kasi magsalita. It’s so easy to say these things. In the end, it’s the evidence. Mayroon tayong medico-legal report. There is going to be, I understand, a CCTV on this,” she said. “There are text messages. There are circumstances.”

She dared the camp of Cornejo and businessman Cedric Lee to sue Navarro for libel.

“Do it. Just do it. Vhong is prepared to stand by the truth. We have prepared the records. We have documented everything,” she said.

“Gawin na nila ng gusto nilang gawin para magkaalaman na. We are fairly convinced on the basis of the evidence and the consistency, credibility of the story. The truth will come out.”

Mallonga aked why Cornejo didn’t sue Navarro for attempted rape and instead had the incident put on a police blotter.

“Iyung nakalagay doon sa police blotter, iyung explanation nila, tapos doon sa kahulihulihan, hindi sila magsasampa ng kaso. Anong klaseng complaint iyon?” she asked.

“This supposedly happened in Burgos (Taguig City). Saan dinala si Vhong? Bakit sila umabot sa SPD (Southern Police District)? Nasaan iyon? Napakalayo,” she added.

She also asked why Cornejo and Lee were allegedly asking for P1 million from the actor. Lee claimed the amount is for the damage to Cornejo’s condo unit.

“One million pesos, it’s for the purpose of repairing the damage? Sino ba ang naka-damage nun, sino nanuntok, sino nakasira? And P1 million? For a TV?” she said.

“We have encouraged Vhong to speak his truth because in the end, iyung pananakot sa kanya, iyung threats not only to him and to his family members, his best protection is to tell the truth, which is what he did,” she said.

Mallonga said Navarro is not a rapist and is God-fearing. “May pagmamahal sa kapwa niya, sa mga anak niya, sa pamilya niya. He may not be a saint, but he is not a criminal. He is the victim of a vicious crime.”

27 Comments on this post.

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  • Chito
    27 January 2014 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    I feel for Vhong Navarro’s family. Get well soon and my prayers are with you.

  • Jocelyn
    27 January 2014 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    yes i believe that vhong navarro was being set up.

  • Susan
    27 January 2014 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    I believe that Bong is telling the truth.

  • Ruth
    27 January 2014 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    I believe Mr. Vhong Navarro. In the interview with Denise, she says that she said that Le and among other froends were going out that night so that was the reason why she let Vhong into her condo. But in an article on facebook i read that Le was just passing by and he heard her screaming.

  • Rocky
    27 January 2014 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    I was trying to feel being the victim but I just couldn’t. Look at his eyebrows, it moved so freely, one is up and I could not see any facial discomfort on Vhong’s face. When he was telling us his story on how it happened, there were parts that he was so calm while defending himself to tell us and some were he was crying. I don’t know, I just don’t feel that he was the 100% victim. I can feel him getting my sympathy.

    • Noemi Fulgencio
      27 January 2014 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      How could you tell what damage was done. He is having surgery now. He could have lost his eyes. We do not even know about the damage to his head.Try haing seven men beat you up,too.

    • Missy
      27 January 2014 at 8:49 pm - Reply

      Pain killer drugs will put away any feeling of discomfort.

  • Lili
    27 January 2014 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Vhong is telling the truth. Get well. God bless.

  • Annette Fennell
    27 January 2014 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    I believe Vhong Navarro has been set up and brutalized and extortion of money his a victim of Denise Cornejo and Cedric Lee they have to be put up to jail after brutalizing him they have to pay the prize for it. Get well soon to Vhong ! Take Care ! God Bless !

  • Ruben Bautista
    27 January 2014 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Naniniwala po kami ng aking asawa at mga kapamilya na totoo ang salaysay ni Vhong tungkol sa mga pangyayaring pagbogbog sa kanya at siya ay na-set up lang.

  • miranda
    27 January 2014 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    yes, i believe that vhong is telling the truth…..get well soon vhong.

  • Ron Lurvey
    27 January 2014 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    I believe Vhong Navarro’s account of the incident. Watching his face, and watching the face of the others, Vhong looked directly at the camera. The others while being interviewed their eyes looked down, or away from the camera. It seems Mr. Lee had more to say than Ms. Cornejo. She also showed little to no emotion. I would think that had she been nearly raped, she would have had more emotions. I also think she would have had some kind of bruising if she was being brutally raped. There is also the question as to why did they go to the police station far away from the area the attack took place … I smell rats, and believe Vhong Navarro was lured into their den.

  • Pastor
    27 January 2014 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    I believe, Vhong was set up by Cornejo and Lee,

  • Gil Yambao
    27 January 2014 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Vhong Navarro was set up ! I believed whoever did this to him should be punished accordingly. Get well soon Vhong, my prayers are with you and your family.

  • Missy
    27 January 2014 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Kung pagbabasehan ang mga interview, Mr. Vhong Navarro looks more credible na naglalahad ng mas possibleng totoong naganap. Very accessible pala sa isang household ang magkaroon ng available duck tape! Paano manlaban ang isang lalaking nakababa ang pantalon? would that be easy to make suntok or kick?????? Inabutan ninyong nasa aktong rape yung friend ninyo eh bakit wala ni isa sa inyo ang naka dial sa cell phone to call a police to come in the place? Wala bang secury sa Condo bldg na para sa mga ganitong insidente to call immedeately for help? Sa interview ni Mr Le, napadaan lang kayo sa Condo? What a coincidence na naiwan bukas yung pinto? Na-i-video yung panlalaban ni Mr Vhong? Well that video must see?

  • Rosalie
    27 January 2014 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    I believe in Vhong and I know he was set up by that bitch Deniese and liar Cedric. If you are really raped then why dont you go to doctor get tested? Maybe you scared that people will find out that really Cedric is the one raping you. Vhong don’t worry karma is a bitch they all will get punishment. Take care and get well soon we’re going to win this fight…God Bless You Vhong and to your family!!!!

  • Missy
    27 January 2014 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Base on the interview we seen in the news between two parties, Mr Navarro allegation are more credible for me to believe. Napadaan lang sa Condo si Mr Le? And they heard a screaming of their friend. So co-incidence na naiwanan bukas yung door? Question lang to Mr Le. Paano ba manlaban ang isang lalaking nakababa ang pantalon? Ilan nga kayong dumating in the rescue of Ms Deniece? Why kahit isa ba walang nakaisip na idial yung cell phone ninyo to call emergency or what do you have their in Philippines to dial? Para makatawag ng police ba! Or where is the security in the condo building? Ms Deniece reading ready ang duck tape sa condo mo! Well let all see the video na nirecord ni Mr Le! and we hope yung mga lawyer ni Mr Navarro eh nakapagsearch na rin sa condo ni Ms Deniece to see the damage at yung forensic examination para sa reenactment ng rape incident kasi important yan sa pag explain kung paano nila ijustify yung excessive force na inabot sa kanila ni Mr Navaro. Kasi dito kailangan busisiin kung paano ang puwesto ng abutan ng mga friends ni Deniece ang position ng dalawa…You cry rape! But di ka nag file ng rape charge. Ayaw mo ng scandal but ipina blotter ninyo iyong kahit papaano eh sikat sa masang Artista na common sense naman sa itsura ng pagkakabugbog sa tingin ninyo di pagpipiyestahan ng media? I’ll definitely follow kung paano uusad ang justice! Justice for Mr Navarro brutal physical excessive force abuse! Justice sa cry out mong rape! Definitely prison for the kay Mr Le.

  • Olive
    27 January 2014 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    I met Vhong way back when Kristo was played here in Oakland California. He went to my sister’s house in Stockton. My sister produced the play. I had the chance to bond with him and the rests of the cast. I felt his kindness and humbleness. I would say he is a good man and and a kind hearted individual. He will not be showered with all the blessings he have if he is not a good man. God knows who to blessed. He is a victim of those devil’s advocate who prowl throughout the world seeking to ruin people’s lives. Damn, to those who did this and may their soul rest in fire. I’ll pray for Vhong’s fast recovery. Hang on man, we’re here for you.

  • Ely
    28 January 2014 at 2:05 am - Reply

    I believe vhong been set up by this bitch Denice & very influential Cedric lee who has a lot records of beating up people & threatening them. My sympathy is w/u vhong.hope u get ur justice soon.

  • elsie
    28 January 2014 at 2:07 am - Reply

    yes, I believe he was set up. My prayers to Vhong and his family. God Bless. Justice will prevail.

  • Louie
    28 January 2014 at 2:10 am - Reply

    Like what Mr. V. Navarro’s attorney said. .”Too many loopholes in Mr. C. Lee’s and Ms. D. Cornejo’s testimonies”. Come to think of it, the girl (supposedly the rape victim) did not even say much. It was Mr. Lee that did most of the talking…makes you wonder why?. Lastly, one’s credibility can be checked by his past history.

  • Lhynn B.
    28 January 2014 at 4:01 am - Reply

    I believe Vhong Navarro has been set up!
    I saw the interview between Vhong Navarro and Cedric Lee.,I can tell they’re lying
    They’re trying to make a clean story but obviously if you see the flow of their story
    Is all LIES.!!!
    Vhong Navarro ,all our prayers for you!!
    And may the right Justice serve !!
    Parusahan sila mga walang puso!

  • Kikay Pang0
    28 January 2014 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Where are this unfamiliar PHONY bloggers came from ? Its either they were devotees of the TV show or employees of ABS CBN and have obligations to do some kissing AZZ duty for the management ….

  • catholic_against_idiots
    28 January 2014 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Why would someone who has a family and a name in the showbiz industry jeopardize all of this for one fling? It does not make any sense…….. I believe that he was brutalized and set up…

  • noz
    28 January 2014 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    this woman is a high class prostitute, using modeling as a front store, employed by Lee and his sister, claiming to be business people, in the business of prostitution alright as brothel-keeper. case/point – how in the world, can this woman afford to live in the expensive condo, and neighborhood. this woman prostitute crying wolf of rape, clearly is a storyteller of deception. case/point, if this woman prostitute really was raped – first, why did she not undergo the rape kit procedure in a hospital to check for semen DNA. second, if she really was raped, where are her visible bruises, she sustained during the sexual attacked. she looks free of bruises on TV, and does not show emotional distress of being a victim of rape. why did these attackers not call the police, if the rape really happened, instead attacked vhong twice by tying him up, why?, because these are all criminals in actions. the saddest/shameful/deplorable part are, the police not recognizing these are criminals with the victim, making the kindergarten police looked like on the pay off of these goons. this devious woman prostitute and her pimp/madam employers will likely produce scam evidences related to rape, as an upper hand to sabotage the justice system of the philippines.

    the kangaroo interviews with the pimp attacker together with his madam sister, and the woman prostitute, may translate to kangaroo court, ravaging the justice system, victimizing the (victim – vhong), the second time around. case/point, the fabricator woman prostitute, and her pimp attacker with his madam sister, their mouth foaming with vile were given the TV platform, to say there are women, who will come out to exonerate them with the women claim of vhong had rape/sexually assaulted them in the past, in other words they will pay off women hoax witnesses to claim they were raped by the victim – vhong.

    its impossible to get justice in the philippines. case/point, was justice ever serve in the maguindanao massacre?, and other highly publicized murder cases?. the authorities, from police to justices are corrupted, engaging on pay off to the highest bidder.

    my empathy to vhong, whose only fault was too trusting of a woman whose attractive looks are nothing but superficials, and fallacious. this woman prostitute is indeed not only bad, but a criminal among her criminal crowds. justice must be served to vhong in the truest sense, free of corruptions.

    • Delia
      29 January 2014 at 9:48 am - Reply

      True that Noz, this kind of cases are very common in the Philippines. Actually , it remains to be seen if it ever gets any justice . When the power of money talks regardless of the crimes , all hell bend to corrupts . They just have to choose and pick who to target and see if they can muscle out some cash from the victims. I pray Justice will prevail in this case.

      • noz
        29 January 2014 at 10:42 am - Reply

        Amen to you Delia. this is the test for the true justice to prevail in our mother country, the Philippines. the world is watching in this age of hi-tech. this case handled by honest, moral authorities will set a precedent for our christian country, and its people’s belief/love for God.

        this prostitute woman continue on TV to dig her own grave much deeper, than its already been. she continue her double dealing talk and her crocodile tears with the media, to bear false witness against thy neighbor.