Roxanne Acosta-Cabañero. ABS-CBN News
MANILA - (UPDATED) The request of Miss Bikini Philippines organizers to bar former contestant Roxanne Cabanero from mentioning the pageant in public, in relation to her rape complaint against actor Vhong Navaro, has been denied.
The Makati Regional Trial Court, in a resolution dated April 21, junked the petition of Slimmers World International for a temporary protection order (TRO) against Cabanero, saying it "finds no great and irreparable injury that would have caused the applicant before the injuctive relief can be heard."
In its P1.6-million lawsuit against Cabanero, Slimmers World said the organization sustained damage to its "goodwill and business reputation" because of Cabanero's repeated and unwarranted mention of the Miss Bikini Philippines in her rape complaint against Navarro, as well as in media interviews.
The resolution noted that the request for the TRO is "principally anchored on the act which was already committed," referring to Cabanero filing her rape complaint against Navarro last February 19.
Slimmers World, the resolution added, failed to show any evidence that there was an interview wherein Cabanero mentioned the organization or Miss Bikini Philippines.
In addition, the Makati court said the complainant showed no evidence that Cabanero continues to mention the pageant or its organizer in public.
"There is no extreme urgency which would justify the issuance of a TRO," the resolution read. "While it may be true that the applicant may be entitled to the issuance of a TRO, [Cabanero] may also suffer irreparable injury while [Slimmers World] may be fully compensated for such damages that they may have suffered."
In a statement sent to ABS-CBN News, Cabanero said she is pleased with the court decision, adding that Slimmer's World complaint is "an obvious attempt to scare me into giving up my case against Vhong."
"I am dissappointed in Slimmers World in failing to support me when they themselves represent women of Philippines, Cabanero added. "I hope this incident acts as a reminder to those who attempt to pull more publicity on the account of victims of crimes."
In her complaint against Navarro, Cabanero alleged the actor raped her in 2010 during her time as a contestant in Miss Bikini Philippines .
Her legal counsel, Atty. Virgilio Batalla, earlier stressed that any mention of the pageant is inherent in Cabanero's rape case, noting that his client allegedly met Navarro when Miss Bikini Philippines had a promotional visit to "It's Showtime," which the actor co-hosts.
Navarro has since filed a perjury case against Cabanero.