Party in Vhong Navarro case wants to meet de Lima

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 27 2014 01:23 PM | Updated as of Jan 28 2014 03:43 AM

MANILA (2ND UPDATE) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) wants to get to the truth behind the mauling of ABS-CBN talent Vhong Navarro last Wednesday, which has hit news headlines because of the various twists in the story.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Justice secretary Leila de Lima said one of the parties has requested an audience with her.

She refused to divulge who is requesting the meeting.

Navarro was beaten up inside a condominium in Taguig City last Wednesday night by a group of men allegedly led by businessman Cedric Lee during a visit to a friend whom Navarro has identified as Denise Millet Cornejo.

"This is worth investigating because we have two different versions. Kailangan hustisya makuha kung sino tunay na biktima, makuha talaga ang hustisya. I'm sure the truth will prevail," De Lima said.

Cornejo and Lee's group claimed Navarro attempted to rape Cornejo, a claim Navarro vehemently denies.

Navarro claimed Cornejo and Lee's group wanted to extort P1 million from him.

De Lima said there is yet no request for investigation into the incident from either party, even as Cornejo and the condominium guards on duty at the time are scheduled to appear before the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) today, Monday.


Lee also figured in a similar incident way back in 2007, involving athlete David Bunevacz, reportedly one of his partners in a cosmetic clinic business.

According to entertainment site PEP.PH, Jessica Rodriguez, Bunevacz's wife, executed an affidavit in Los Angeles, California, where the Bunevacz family flew after the alleged mauling, narrating her husband's "badly beaten" state after meeting with Lee and their other partners.

PEP narrated Rodriguez's claims that threats were being received by their family from the mobile numbers of Lee and another partner, Tyrone Ong, days after the incident.

Lee and his group denied the allegations before the NBI.

Bunevacz and Rodriguez were later charged for estafa for alleged misuse of the clinic's funds during their stint as president and marketing director, respectively.