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'Reliable sources' tapped in Taguig probe on Vhong case

Posted at | Updated as of 01/29/14 1:08 AM

MANILA -- The Taguig City Police has received statements from "reliable sources" about the mauling incident of actor-host Vhong Navarro, an official said Tuesday, citing it as a "positive development" in its investigation.

"We have taken statements from reliable sources," Taguig City Police chief Sr. Supt. Arthur Felix Asis said in a press briefing. "We have taken documents from the SPD (Southern Police District)."

"Actually, kahapon lang kami nag-start," he added. "It was only yesterday that we started as the lead investigating office. We are doing everything para ma-expedite itong procedure."

Asis said the Taguig police's probe is held parallel to that of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), which took Navarro's sworn statement on Tuesday ahead of the filing of cases against the group of businessman Cedric Lee and model Deniece Cornejo.

Navarro accused the two and five others of attacking him inside a condominium unit in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, leaving him with serious injuries including a broken nose that required reconstructive surgery.

The actor-host is set to file cases against Lee's group for serious physical injuries, illegal detention, grave threats, unlawful arrest , grave coercion and blackmail.

Earlier on Tuesday, Lee accused Navarro of "twisting the facts," saying the host's account of the incident is an exaggeration. Cornejo, meanwhile, maintained that Navarro attempted to rape her and will file the appropriate legal case against him.

Asis said they have invited both parties to get their respective statements. "'Yung party ni Mr. Vhong Navarro gave their assurance na they will cooperate in this investigation. We have told them (both camps) to come in three days. Depende rin sa kanilang availability."

Asis added that they have already coordinated with the condominium's management regarding its investigation.

"But we also have to respect the privacy. Kasi itong building, itong place, is private property. Hindi naman kami basta-basta pwede pumasok... We have sent already a request to them. They're already wiling to cooperate," he said.