MANILA -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday released footage taken from closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras of Forbeswood Heights Condominium in Taguig City where Vhong Navarro was allegedly beaten up by a group of men led by businessman Cedric Lee on the evening of January 22.
The clips were taken from CCTV cameras installed at the condominium's lobby, elevator and main gate.
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 Deniece Cornejo inside her unit at the second floor of the building a week ago.
Based on the CCTV footage, it was impossible for Navarro to have tried to rape Cornejo, the NBI said.
De Guzman said CCTV footage show Cornejo was outside her condo unit when businessman Cedric Lee and his companions arrived to supposedly rescue her.
Below is the timeline of events, accompanied with screenshots from the videos, surrounding the mauling of the TV host-actor inside the unit of Cornejo.
The timeline indicates that Navarro was alone in Cornejo's condo, with Lee and his companions, for at least 6 minutes, while the alleged mauling was taking place, before Cornejo returned.
It should be noted that the time stamp of the footage taken from the CCTV inside the elevator is delayed by 40 minutes compared to that of the footage from the lobby's CCTV. The NBI said the watch of the elevator's CCTV was not synchronized with the lobby's CCTV, which was the accurate one.
Lobby at 10:38 p.m. - Navarro, wearing a black cap and carrying a paper bag which he earlier said contained food, enters the condominium alone. He said he was invited to go there by Cornejo.
Elevator at 10:39 p.m. (9:59 in elevator's CCTV time) - Navarro enters the elevator and goes up to the second floor of the building, where Cornejo's unit is located.
Elevator at 10:40 p.m. (10:00 in elevator's CCTV time) - Coming from her unit, Cornejo rides the elevator towards the first floor.
Lobby at 10:40 p.m. - Cornejo leaves the condominium.
Lobby at 10:41 p.m. - A man identified as Lee, wearing a hoodie jacket, enters the building.
Elevator at 10:43 p.m. (10:03 in elevator CCTV's time) - Lee takes the elevator towards the second floor.
At this time, the NBI stressed that Cornejo had already left Navarro inside her unit, which means Lee, who had just arrived, could not have witnessed Navarro on top of Cornejo inside her room as the businessman has alleged in several interviews.
"I think it's not possible yung sinasabi nilang attempt to rape Ms. Cornejo... Kasi po very glaring dito sa ating footage na there was no incident na si Deniece was inside that room," de Guzman said during a press conference on Wednesday.
Lobby at 10:43 p.m. - Two men, one of them wearing a white shirt and glasses identified as Ferdinand Guerrero, enters the condo.
Elevator at 10:44 p.m. (10:04 in elevator CCTV's time) - The two men take the elevator up to the second floor.
Lobby at 10:43 p.m. - Cornejo goes back to the building and talks to a security guard, while Lee's sister, Bernice, and a still unidentified man are seen at the door.
Lobby at 10:43 p.m. - Accompanied by the security guard, Cornejo, Bernice and the other man leave the building again.
Lobby at 10:48 p.m. - A man who Navarro identified only as alias "Mike" enters the condo.
Elevator at 10:49 p.m. (10:09 in elevator CCTV's time) - Mike rides the elevator towards the second floor.
Lobby at 10:56 p.m. - Bernice enters the condo alone.
After entering the condo, Bernice was not seen taking the elevator. The NBI said she might have used the stairs instead when she went up the second floor.
Elevator at 10:59 p.m. (10:19 in elevator CCTV's time) - Lee and Bernice enter the elevator from the second floor and go down the first floor.
Lobby at 11:01 p.m. - Lee and Bernice reenter the building, already with Cornejo.
Elevator at 11:02 p.m. (10:22 in elevator CCTV's time) - Lee, Bernice and Cornejo take the elevator towards the second floor.
Elevator at 11:13 p.m. (10:33 in elevator CCTV's time) - A tied-up Navarro enters the elevator accosted by two men. One of them was identified as bodybuilder Zimmer Rance.
The two men who initially accosted Navarro inside the elevator were not seen in the CCTV footage earlier. The NBI suspects these two men were already inside Cornejo's unit when Navarro arrived.
Elevator at 11:13 p.m. (10:33 in elevator CCTV's time) - Navarro, Rance and the other man are followed inside the elevator by Lee, Mike and another still unidentified man, then Cornejo, Bernice and Guerrero.
The NBI said there are 8 suspects in the case including Cornejo and Lee.
Lobby at 11:13 p.m. - Navarro and the eight others walk past the lobby towards the door.
Main gate at 11:14 p.m. - The group leaves.
After that, the NBI said group used at least one car and proceeded towards the Southern Police District (SPD) where they filed a blotter report against Navarro for allegedly attempting to rape Cornejo.