Vhong Navarro.File Photo.
MANILA (UPDATED) - Following the filing of a new rape complaint against Vhong Navarro, the identity of the woman alleging the actor of rape
immediately made headlines in local news.
The new complaint was filed at the Pasig City Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday by a woman, whose name was initially not disclosed.
Atty. Virgilio Battala, however, identified his client as a certain Roxanne Cabañero-Acosta in an interview with DZMM on Thursday morning.
Batalla said the alleged rape incident happened in 2010, adding that Cabanero-Acosta sought his help five days after the controversy regarding Navarro’s beating erupted.
However, this is not the first time a woman named Roxanne Cabañero made the news.
In 2011, a beauty queen hopeful with the same name was dropped from the official list of Binibining Pilipinas candidates over a nude photo scandal.
That year, a nude photo of a woman who looks like Cabanero circulated on the Internet and became a hot topic in several online forums and blogs.
A blog post had claimed that the nude woman was indeed Cabanero, although the Binibining Pilipinas contestant, who was then 22, vehemently denied that it was her in the picture.
But because of this allegation, the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) asked the contestant to just drop out of the pageant.
At the time, BPCI maintained that it was merely implementing its rules and regulations.
After she left the competition, nothing was heard of Cabanero.
It still remains to be seen if indeed the disqualified Binibining Pilipinas contestant is the same Cabanero was accused Navarro of rape on Wednesday.
The complainant Cabanero has yet to speak publicly about her allegations.