The Department of Justice (DOJ) finally issued dismissal of the two count case of Vhong Navarro. The cases are rape and attempted rape filed by Deniece Cornejo.
Vhong Navarro’s manager was thankful for the release of the dismissal statement of the complaint. Atty. Alma Mallonga, the lawyer of Vhong was also thankful for the dismissal. And of course Vhong Navarro himself, thank the Department of Justice for the final statement.
Deniece Cornejo was unable to provide evidence to charge Vhong for rape and attempted rape. They failed and falsely accused Vhong.
The complaint that Deniece was raped by Vhong just ended. That incident happened last January of 2014. After about three years of waiting in agony, it had come to an end. The complainant was incredible. She has serious credibility issues. She was inconsistent with her actions.
The CCTV footage showed, there is only a minute of difference. The difference between Cornejo entering the elevator and after Vhong stepped out of the elevator to proceed to her unit.
In a very short span of time. Cornejo alleges Vhong, push her and pressed his entire weight against her. In another statement she said, Vhong pulled her hair, dragged her, chase her and pinned her to the bed.
Even in the police station, the actuation of Cornejo were inconsistent. After they brought Vhong to the police station, Cornejo and Cedric Lee were seen kissing in the elevator. In the heat of the situation, they still had the time kissing each other.
Cedric Lee was among Cornejo’s friends who was there coming to the rescue. But later charged for mauling Navarro during that time. Which resulted in the actor's hospitalization for multiple injuries. Lee said that they mauled Navarro for raping Deniece Cornejo.
Vhong Navarro denied all of the allegations. And he even filed, illegal detention and grave coercion charges against the group of Cornejo, Lee, and five others. This is with regards to the mauling incident.
Vhong Navarro and his team were grateful and overwhelmed by the decision. The Department of Justice found no probable cause to press charges against the actor and comedian Vhong in court.
Cornejo’s statements “demonstrates the physical improbability,” how such shouting, struggling, and running at the lobby of the Forbes wood Heights Condominium could not be heard by the people in the neighboring units of the condominium.
The testimony Cornejo was doubtful. Vhong was invited again to come to her condominium on January 22 after she was allegedly raped on January 17. And this is for what?
No comment yet for the lawyer of Deniece, Attorney Howard Calleja.
The alleged sexual assault, left Navarro severely injured after the friends of Deniece mauled the actor. Vhong said, he was attacked by the companions of Cornejo and Cedric Lee.
Vhong said, he was just a victim of blackmail. Cedric Lee and companion had asked Vhong for money in exchange for their silence. Vhong said, he was forced to say that he raped Deniece.
Vhong’s lawyer Alma Mallonga said, the dismissal clears Vhong from the baseless accusations against him.
Given the dismissal of the case file by Deniece, the battle is not yet finished for Vhong's. Two other cases were filed, one from former beauty queen Roxanne Acosta, and a former stunt woman has yet to be settled.
Vhong Navarro charged by different women of rape, but, the actor denied all of that.
The thorough scrutiny of the case has failed to make a well-founded belief that the rape and attempted rape had actually happened. The complainants accusation that it actually happened, failed to prove it to the court. Statements were inconsistent and incredible.
The grounds for the dismissal Vhong Navarros rape and attempted rape case was due to the major inconsistencies present in the three complaint affidavits statements and the lack of new evidence.
In the normal scheme of human experience, narration that are given close to the incident usually contains more details because the actual incident was still fresh from the mind of the complainant and the accused. Days after, it may have a lesser detail because of the passage of time. And people may tend to forget the keen details.
But the Department of Justice said Cornejo’s first complaint-affidavit was less detailed compared to her second complaint affidavit.
Statements like, to rape being committed by force. To rape being committed rendering her dizzy and weak due to a date rape drug-laced wine. Until it turns into a mere attempt to rape. These are just a few of the inconsistencies.
Three investigations of the Department of Justice. Showed the credibility of Cornejo's story. Rendered to be questionable.
The stories of Cornejo were not credible. The camp of Deniece did not establish probable cause to indict Vhong for the alleged crime.
The scrutinized records of the case, failed to make a well-founded belief that the rape and attempted rape actually happened."
With the three investigations conducted by the Department of Justice, charges were dismissed. Deniece was charged for perjury.
The Department of Justice said that Cornejo suffers from a very serious credibility issue. Pointing out major inconsistencies of the complaint-affidavits.
The camp of Deniece provided insufficient evidence to prove Vhong guilty of the crime he was accused of. That made it come to a dismissal.
Pending three criminal information filed by Vhong’s camp against Deniece involving exactly the same incidents. Vhong and his legal counsel are willing to junk the complaints file.
Though these facts should not to be ignored, Vhong welcomed the idea of junking the complaint. This should be seriously taken into account.
Vhong and his lawyer were very happy that the Department of Justice has finally dismissed the rape complaint filed by Deniece. They were grateful that it failed. The false accusation of Deniece failed to do further harm to the life of Vhong.
But the fight continues for the cases of serious illegal detention and grave coercion against Cornejo and her co-accused. Vhong is very determined to the finality of the case. Vhong had serious injuries on the night of the incident and he is well determined to fight for this.
The physical and emotional injury sustained by the actor was so severe at that time. He was hospitalized for a number of days. The actual photo of Vhong with the actual physical injuries he contain was actually shared and many viewers were devastated by it.
Violating Article 267 and 286, the court found probable cause to file charges against Cornejo, Lee et al.
Art. 267. Kidnapping and serious illegal detention. Any private individual who shall kidnap or detain another, or in any other manner deprives him of his liberty, shall suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua to death.
Article 286. Grave Coercion. Shall be imposed upon any person who, without any authority of law, shall, by means of violence, threats or intimidation, prevent another from doing something not prohibited by law, or compel him to do something against his will, whether it be right or wrong.
If the coercion be committed in violation of the exercise of the right of suffrage, or for the purpose of compelling another to perform any religious act, to prevent him from exercising such right or from so doing such act, the penalty next higher in degree shall be imposed.
The basis for the serious illegal detention charges, showing Vhong hands were tied. The severe beatings of Vhong by Lee and his companions. Refusing to report the incident to the condominium security guards.
Extortion has been found as the real motive behind the mauling of Vhong Navarro. It was said to be P2 million
Not only Cedric Lee and Deniece Cornejo, but also charged were Bernice, Simeon Raz, Jose Paolo Gregorio Calma, Ferdinand Guerrero and Sajed Fernandez Abuhijleh. They were all present at that time when the incident happened.
Navarro was being deprived of his will at that point when those men ganged up on him. He was terrified. In pain. Suffering from physical injuries.
Grave coercion charges were also recommended against Lee's group. Allegedly forcing Navarro to admit that he attempted to rape Deniece Cornejo inside her condominium unit.
Serious illegal detention in non-bailable. Especially when the victim had serious physical injuries, grave threats and extortion is present.
Meanwhile, the complaint of rape and attempted to rape were junked for lack of probable cause. Deniece was furious over the Department of Justice dismissal. Insisting she was raped by Vhong.
Cedric Lee's lawyers, had no comment yet, as they have yet to receive the copy of the Department of Justice dismissal.
The Department of Justice noted that Deniece changed her story. Filing two other complaints about the same incident, the story is different.
First, she said Vhong pinned her down, touched her private parts. Second, she said, she said she was drugged and that Vhong managed to rape her. Her first and second complaints were dismissed.
Third, Deniece said, Vhong arrived carrying a bottle of wine. She felt dizzy because of the wine. Vhong started to rape her.
Thorough scrutiny failed to find a belief that the rape and attempted rape described by Deniece happened. There was no story to be sure. No story is unbelievable if the storyteller is credible.