Deniece defends Cedric, tells Vhong to man up

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 03 2014 11:29 AM | Updated as of Feb 03 2014 08:02 PM

MANILA -- Deniece Cornejo defended her friend, businessman Cedric Lee, who is now facing raps for mauling "It's Showtime" host Vhong Navarro in Taguig.

In an interview on "StarTalk" on Sunday, Cornejo, who filed a rape case against Navarro last week, said Lee doesn't deserve the criticisms because he saved her.

"'Yung mga lalaking tumulong sa akin, 'yung mga lalaking sinagip ako, napakabuting tao 'yan, galing sa disenteng pamilya 'yan, ginulo mo. Sinasabi niyo, pinapakita niyo na marami silang koneksyon, na mayaman sila, oo, dahil sa sipag at tiyaga nila kaya sila pinagkatiwalaan ng gobyerno. Bakit puro kami? Sila na nga ang tumulong eh, tinulungan nila ako, ipinagtanggol nila ako.aya ito ang tamang oras para ipagtanggol ko sila, hindi nila ito deserve," Cornejo said.

Cornejo also urged Navarro to tell the truth.

"Kuya Vhong, hindi ito pelikula. Oo komedyante ka pero lahat ng saya mayroong dark side, may kalungkutan din na dapat harapin. Magpakalalalaki ka dahil itong mga lalaking ito na parang kapatid ko ay nagpakalalaki," she said.

"Kung iniisip mo ang career mo, ang trabaho mo, tutulungan kita. Sa pangalawang pagkakataon susuklian ko ng kabutihan. Kung mayroon man ditong binaboy hindi ikaw, kung hidni binaboy mo ako," she added.

During a press conference last Wednesday, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) presented the footage taken from the CCTV cameras at Cornejo's condominium.

NBI assistant regional director Vicente de Guzman, head of the investigating team in the case, said the CCTV videos support the testimony of Navarro, who denied that he attempted to rape Cornejo inside her unit at the second floor of the building on January 22.

Lee has claimed in several interviews that he saw Navarro on top of Cornejo in her room, prompting him to beat up the TV host-actor and conduct a citizen's arrest.

However, the CCTV footage shows that after Navarro entered the condo, Cornejo quickly left leaving Navarro behind in the unit. Lee and several others then enter the condominium.

"Ang mga ebidensya po natin apart from the testimony of Vhong Navarro, is the video itself. Dito po nagtutugma yung testimony ni Mr. Vhong Navarro with that of what we saw in the CCTV,"de Guzman said.

But in her "Startalk" interview, Cornejo gave a message to those who do not believe her story.

"Sabi nga po nila, reaction reflects kung anong klaseng tao kayo. Hindi ko kayo huhusgahan dahil hindi ako nanghuhusga ng tao. Ngayon nagpapakasaya kayo sinasaktan niyo ang pamilya ko, mga kapatid ko, mga taong gusto kong ipagtanggol, mga proyekto ko, mga kumpanya na tinulungan ko, huwag kayong mag-alala po-protektahan ko kaya hanggang kaya ko," she said.

"Hindi pa huli. Nadadagdagan lang ang kasalanan niyo. Kung ako ang instrumento para mapabago ang isang tao, ipaglalaban ko ito ng kamatayan," she added.

Cornejo even said she will continue to pray for Navarro who is still recovering from the incident.

"Kuya Vhong, I will still pray for you, I will still pray for you na sana ay gumaling ka at sana 'yung family mo ay maiintindihan din ako," she said.