Actor and It’s Showtime host Vhong Navarro has been detained at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), in connection with the rape complaint filed by Deniece Cornejo.
This after a Taguig court issued a second warrant with no bail for the 45-year-old. Under Article 266-A of the Revised Penal Code, rape is not bailable.
The warrant was issued by Judge Loralie Datahan of Taguig City Regional Trial Court Branch 69, a few hours after Navarro surrendered to the NBI to post bail of P36,000 for the acts of lasciviousness case.
Navarro’s legal counsel Atty. Alma Mallonga, said that there was sufficient evidence to counter Cornejo's accusations, and a motion for reconsideration would be filed.
"This is the rape complaint where Deniece Cornejo herself said it did not happen in two sworn declarations. Because a warrant of arrest has already been issued, Vhong again surrendered to the NBI. And his detention with the NBI, as a result of his voluntary surrender, is being processed. The custody of Vhong is now with the NBI," said Mallonga.
Separately, model and host Kat Alano said that she had finally achieved "justice" after 17 years. "I can finally feel peace today. God is good all the time," said the 37-year-old on Twitter on Monday (September 19).
It is believed Alano was referring to Vhong. In 2020, she tweeted that a famous celebrity had destroyed her career and raped her. She used the hashtag #HijaAko, a campaign kickstarted by Frankie Pangilinan.
"When I was raped by #rhymeswithwrong still famous celebrity who had smear campaigns to destroy my career [and] raped many more, [I] was wearing a T-shirt and jeans. He drugged me too, so trying to take my jeans off was difficult for him. Hard to rape an unconscious person in jeans,” said Alano at the time.
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