MANILA – Deniece Cornejo broke her silence in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News on Monday, stressing that she – and not host-actor Vhong Navarro – is the victim in last week’s incident at her condominium unit at The Fort in Taguig.
Appearing with siblings Cedric and Bernice Lee, Cornejo said she is ready to file charges against Navarro for attempting to rape her.
“Isa lang po masasabi ko. If you want justice, I’ll give you the real justice. Mataas, napakataas ng paghanga ko sa mga lalaki na marunong rumespeto at ipagtanggol ang mga kababaihan. Kung meron mang inosente at biktima rito, wala nang iba kung hindi ako,” she told ABS-CBN News reporter Jay Ruiz.
Addressing Navarro, who was beaten up last Wednesday, Cornejo said: “Vhong, hindi ko kailangang umiyak, ipakita na awang awa ako [sa sarili ko]. Sa lahat ng mga naniniwala at sumusuporta sa tao, lalo na sa ’yo – at wala akong kalaban-laban dahil alam kong marami kang napasayang tao – magaling kang artista, idolo kita. Pero sa mata ng prinsipyo, ang mali ay mananatiling mali at hinding hindi mananalo ang kasamaan sa kabutihan.”
Cornejo said she initially wanted to keep the incident under wraps, saying she wanted to lead a private life.
However, she said she had no choice but to speak up because her reputation has been affected by Navarro’s statements.
“Uulitin ko. As much as possible, gusto kong maging pribado buhay ko at ayokong lumaki nang ganito. Hindi ko ito pinili, pinili niya ito. Pero kung ang pangalan ko ang nakasalalay dito at reputasyon ko, ibang usapan na ‘yun,” she stressed.
“I’ve consulted my lawyer. Pero for now, medyo nato-trauma ako sa mga ganyang ugali at saka pangyayari,” she added.
ABS-CBN News reporter Jay Ruiz and Deniece Cornejo
‘Vhong wasn’t courting me’
In the exclusive interview, Cornejo denied that Navarro has been courting her.
“Hindi naman po [nanliligaw]. Siguro na-impress siya, na gusto niya ako,” she said.
When asked if Navarro himself told her that he likes her, Cornejo said: “Hindi ko masabi… Kasi ano siya, komedyante.”
According to Cornejo, she was shocked by Navarro’s so-called sexual advances.
“Opo… Gustong gusto kong lumaban,” she said.
Meanwhile, Cornejo admitted that she is related to a top executive in another network.
“Lolo ko po ‘yung isa sa mga matataas na posisyon sa kabilang network,” she said, not mentioning a specific name.