Vice says defending Navarro not a "publicity stunt"

By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Mar. 7, 2014

UNION CITY, Calif. – Kapamilya star Vhong Navarro has filed a perjury complaint and libel damages against his second rape accuser, former beauty pageant contestant Roxanne Cabanero, who claimed the crime took place last April 2010. Navarro has also filed similar suits complaints against his first rape accuser, model Deneice Cornejo and his alleged maulers, businessman Cedric Lee, his sister Bernice Lee and friends JP Calma and Simeon Raz.

Navarro’s close friends like fellow Showtime host Vice Ganda said they stand by Navarro’s innocence in both cases and believe he is being set up. Vice Ganda even went as far as filing a sworn affidavit to clear Navarro, citing that on the day he was accused of raping Cabanero in Pasig City, Navarro was actually busy rehearsing and performing in a show with Vice Ganda in Cavite.

Vice Ganda, who is currently in the U.S, said he defended Navarro, not just because he’s his friend. He explained, “I did it because it was the right thing to do. Vhong (Navarro) was the victim.”

Vice Ganda also denied claims from Cabanero’s camp tha the came to Navarro’s defense, primarily for publicity. He scoffed, “I don’t want to brag. But I don’t need that kind of publicity.”

He admits it’s been an extremely tough time for Navarro, who has since taken a break from showbusiness. “He will survive this. But I don’t think it will happen anytime soon,” he admitted.

Vice Ganda also dismissed the notion that Showtime hosts are somehow “cursed”. Prior to Navarro’s rape scandals, another main host Anne Curtis was embroiled in a slapping controversy and Vice Ganda was also the subject of ridicule after supposedly going overboard with a joke on a a newscaster.

He concluded, “Showtime is not cursed. Showtime is blessed and it’s a blessing for everyone.”

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  • Really
    10 March 2014 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Paiyak-iyak ka pa eh ESCORT ka lang naman sa mga 3-5 Star Hotel! Ang imposible dyan eh isang araw lang nagkita at sa Show Time pa ganun na ba sila kaagad naging magkakilala at sumama sya kaagad kay Vhong? Masyado yatang cheap ang dating nya noon at masyado yatang halata ang pagsisinungaling nya! LoL!