Vhong Navarro, Deniece Cornejo and Cedric Lee. Composite Photo
MANILA – Following the conflicting statements of Vhong Navarro and those of model Deniece Cornejo and businessman Cedric Lee regarding the events that resulted in the actor's mauling, the ABS-CBN talk show “Buzz ng Bayan” sought a cognitive and developmental psychologist to interpret the actions and testimonials of those involved.
In its Sunday episode, Dra. Maricar Fajardo told “Buzz ng Bayan” that Navarro’s body language during his tell-all interview on the show the previous week suggests that he is trying to recall a traumatic event in his life.
“Nakikita natin 'yung mata niya habang nagsasalita siya, nag-ge-gaze from left to right. Many times, humarap sa right 'yung mata niya. It’s a body language that shows he’s trying to recall events that have happened to him,” she said.
Fajardo also explained why Navarro became emotional in his interview with host Boy Abunda just days after the January 22 incident.
“Nakikita natin na nagsisimula siyang umiyak habang kinukuwento niya at naalala niya ang mga nangyari sa kanya recently. Ibig sabihin nun napaka-fresh ng experience niya and it’s very traumatic. Nararamdaman talaga niya kung gaano kabigat 'yung nangyari sa kanya,” she said.
As for Cornejo, Fajardo said she noticed that the 22-year old model kept raising her left eyebrow, which, she said, is uncommon.
“When you’re looking at the right up, ibig sabihin you’re recalling events that have happened from the past. If you’re looking at left upper, it means you’re constructing a story. Nagke-create ka ng kwento sa isip mo, hindi iyan nangyari in the past,” she said.
She added: “Hindi ko alam if napansin niyo na tumaas 'yung left eyebrow niya. It conveys dishonesty. Hindi parating kaya ng isang tao na magtaas ng isa lang, usually sabay. Not necessarily the left, pwede ring right.”
Fajardo also noted that the way Cornejo spoke to media while narrating the events of that night conveys that she is cautiously thinking about what she has to say.
“Kung mapapansin mo, the way she talks mabagal, nagpa-pause siya, hindi tuluy-tuloy magsalita. Ang ibig sabihin nun, based on previous studies on body language and speech, pinag-iisipan niya mabuti kung ano ang sasabihin niya,” she said.
As for Lee, the man who has been tagged as the leader of the group that attacked Navarro, Fajardo said: “Yung body posture niya, 'yung body niya it’s leaning to one side. It signifies tension. He’s very tense. He’s not confident about what he’s saying. When it comes to the manner of speaking, he’s very continuous although mapapansin mo titingin siya sa ibang tao sa loob ng kwarto as if to ask for confirmation.”
Apart from the demeanor of the three during their separate interviews, “Buzz ng Bayan” also asked Fajaro to look into the CCTV footage in the condominium that was obtained by the National Bureau of Investigation and presented to the media last week.
The footage taken by the CCTV cameras showed the condominium’s main gate, lobby and elevator from the moment Navarro arrived up to when the group left for the police station.
According to Fajardo, Cornejo’s body language does not seem to support her claim that she was raped.
“If you’re a rape victim, masasariwa mo 'yung nangyari sa 'yo. Iiyak ka. 'Yung mukha mo hindi pwedeng neutral. For sure, iiyak ka. Body language mo, yuyuko ka, pupunasan mo 'yung luha mo, walang confidence at all na makikita. Very emotional,” she said.
“That was like a giggle or she was fixing herself a little bit [while inside the elevator]. That shows a sign of confidence as well. About the putting of the hands in the mouth, it’s almost as if she was trying to conceal something. Parang something excited her,” she added.
Lee, on the other hand, displayed confidence as he flexed his knuckles inside the elevator, Fajardo said.
“He was walking upright, his shoulders were up, it was a very self-confident stance. Body language, very fidgety, gumagalaw siya. He was breaking his knuckles parang naghahanda siya, parang he was trying to get ready for something,” she said.