MANILA - Vice Ganda left his co-hosts on "It's Showtime" tongue-tied on Tuesday as he joked about the controversial mauling incident involving actor Vhong Navarro, who is currently on leave from the noontime program as he continues to recover.
During the "I Am Pogay" segment of the live show, contestant Limuel Dizon mentioned "safety" when asked to relate a bird cage to life for the question-and-answer portion.
"For safety! Naku, sabi ko na nga ba, Vhong, dapat nagdala ka ng hawla," Vice Ganda quipped, as he ran to the side of the stage, laughing.
Co-hosts Anne Curtis and Karylle, although smiling over the joke, were speechless as Vice Ganda continued referring to the January 22 incident in Taguig.
"Sabi niya kasi safety, e! Kung naisip natin 'yun, e 'di hindi napahamak 'yung kaibigan namin!" the comedian said, feigning anger.
The audience laughed louder when Vice Ganda mentioned "elevator," after being asked by co-host Billy Crawford where the bird cage could possibly be used "for safety."
The comedian was referring to the contents of a CCTV footage showing those allegedly involved in mauling Navarro. The videos, which were released by the National Bureau of Investigation, showed the actor accessing an elevator going to to the condominium unit of model Deniece Cornejo.
Cornejo accused Navarro of raping her, which he denied. The actor claimed he was set up by Cornejo, and was a victim of extortion. Navarro was allegedly blindfolded, tied up, and subsequently attacked by at least six men supposedly led by businessman Cedric Lee.
Pointing at a speechless Curtis as he joked about the case, Vice Ganda said, laughing, "Pulang-pula si Dyesebel, o!"
The comedian triggered more laughs when he asked the "Pogay" contestant if he is a "suspect" in the incident, as he had been perspiring through the conversation.
Vice Ganda then addressed actress-host Kris Aquino, asking, in jest, to give him presidential security detail. Aquino, a close friend of the comedian, is the youngest sister of President Benigno Aquino III.
Cornejo formalized her rape complaint against Navarro last January 29.
The actor, on the other hand, charged Lee and Cornejo's group with serious physical injuries, grave threat, grave coercion, unlawful arrest, blackmail, and serious illegal detention -- a non-bailable offense.