Vhong was 'brutalized,' lawyer says


Posted at Jan 27 2014 09:46 PM | Updated as of Jan 28 2014 05:46 AM

'Attack was premeditated'

MANILA - Actor Vhong Navarro was "brutalized" in a planned attack, his lawyer said Monday.

Atty. Alma Mallonga, in an interview on TV Patrol, said the "It's Showtime" TV host was a victim of a vicious crime.

"Binaboy siya, binrutralize siya," she said.

Mallonga said Navarro is undergoing reconstruction surgery Monday night because of the injuries he sustained.

She said the blotter report claiming that her client attempted to rape model Deniece Cornejo was part of "a premeditated plan."

"Ginawa nila itong krimen na ito and in order for Vhong not to say anything, nireport sa police...sabi kay Vhong huwag kang magsasalita, huwag kang magsusumbong," she said.

'Evidence will show truth'

Mallonga said all pieces of evidence in the case will show Navarro is telling the truth.

"Madali kasi magsalita. It's so easy to say these things. In the end, it's the evidence. Mayroon tayong medico-legal report. There is going to be, I understand, a CCTV on this," she said. "There are text messages. There are circumstances."

She dared the camp of Cornejo and businessman Cedric Lee to sue Navarro for libel.

"Do it. Just do it. Vhong is prepared to stand by the truth. We have prepared the records. We have documented everything," she said.

"Gawin na nila ng gusto nilang gawin para magkaalaman na. We are fairly convinced on the basis of the evidence and the consistency, credibility of the story. The truth will come out."

Mallonga aked why Cornejo didn't sue Navarro for attempted rape and instead had the incident put on a police blotter.

"Iyung nakalagay doon sa police blotter, iyung explanation nila, tapos doon sa kahulihulihan, hindi sila magsasampa ng kaso. Anong klaseng complaint iyon?" she asked.

"This supposedly happened in Burgos (Taguig City). Saan dinala si Vhong? Bakit sila umabot sa SPD (Southern Police District)? Nasaan iyon? Napakalayo," she added.

She also asked why Cornejo and Lee were allegedly asking for P1 million from the actor. Lee claimed the amount is for the damage to Cornejo's condo unit.

"One million pesos, it's for the purpose of repairing the damage? Sino ba ang naka-damage nun, sino nanuntok, sino nakasira? And P1 million? For a TV?" she said.

"We have encouraged Vhong to speak his truth because in the end, iyung pananakot sa kanya, iyung threats not only to him and to his family members, his best protection is to tell the truth, which is what he did," she said.

Mallonga said Navarro is not a rapist and is God-fearing. "May pagmamahal sa kapwa niya, sa mga anak niya, sa pamilya niya. He may not be a saint, but he is not a criminal. He is the victim of a vicious crime."