The incident involving comedian-actor Ferdinand “Vhong” Navarro and a 22-year-old student and model in a condominium in the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City was reported to the police, but no complaint was filed.
Southern Police District (SPD) Chief Supt. Jose Erwin Villacorte on Monday said Navarro and Denice Milinette Cornejo signed the police blotter at the SPD Investigation and Detective Management Division on 11:49 p.m. on January 22, hours after the incident happened.
Navarro’s manager Chito Rono reported on Friday that the actor was mauled by a group of men led by Cedric Lee in Cornejo’s unit at Forbeswood Heights at around 10:30 p.m. of January 22.
In her statement noted in the blotter, Cornejo said Navarro tried to rape her.
Cedric Lee, believed to be Cornejo’s boyfriend, said in the blotter that he beat up Navarro because the actor was trying to rape Cornejo.
Villacorte said Navarro, Cornejo, Lee and Lee’s sister Bernice reported the incident for “record purposes only, and that the parties agreed not to file charges against each other.
“It is just a simple blotter for record purposes because nobody would like to file a case,” he said.
Cornejo “manifested that she will not be filing any case against Navarro so we did not turn her over to the Women’s desk anymore,” Villacorte said.
What the blotter noted was that Navarro arrived at Cornejo’s unit at Forbeswood Heights at around 10:30 p.m. on January 22.
“While inside, the suspect suddenly held the hands and pulled the hair of the complainant forcing her to lay down on the chair. At that instance, sensing the evil motive of the suspect, the complainant fight back and was able to run to her room but the suspect followed,” the report stated.
The SPD has turned over the incident to the Taguig City Police, which has jurisdiction over Bonifacio Global City.
Taguig Police Chief Sr. Supt. Arthur Felix Asis on Monday said he has asked the security agency and the administrators of Forbeswood Heights “to produce the CCTV footage from January 22 until January 25 because we might be able to find something that could help in our investigation.”
He asked the condominium administrator for the logbook to find out who visited Cornejo’s unit.
“We want this case to be resolved at the least possible time. We still have to get the
cooperation of the aggrieved party,” Asis said.
Interviewed on the Buzz ng Bayan by Boy Abunda on Sunday, Navarro described how he was attacked by Lee and his group.
In an interview with ABS-CBN reporter Jay Ruiz, Lee said he, his sister Bernice and another friend Cornejo’s unit to fetch her.
At the door, they heard screams inside. “We thought baka may nag-aaway lang.
Fortunately, the door was unlocked. Walang tao sa sala. Dumiretso kami sa bedroom,” he said.
There he saw an undressed Navarro on top of the struggling Deniece. He said he grabbed the actor who fought back.
“We just wanted to take him to the precinct but he was fighting back, punching without his pants . . . We pinned him down at the sala Because of his struggle, we were forced to beat him up,” Lee said.
Lee denied they took a video of showing Navarro’s manhood but only with his confession of the attempted rape.
Navarro’s lawyer, Alma Mallonga, said they will file a case against Lee and other suspects. “The process has already begun. At the proper time, the complaint will be filed [against Lee and other suspects],” she told pep.ph.