Charges filed vs security agency in Deniece's condo

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 06 2014 10:40 AM | Updated as of Feb 06 2014 10:26 PM


MANILA - The Taguig City Police has filed charges against Megaforce Security Agency, the agency handling the security of Forbeswood Heights Condominium, Taguig City, in connection with the alleged rape of Deniece Cornejo and mauling of actor/comedian/TV host Vhong Navarro on January 22.

Named as respondents in the complaint filed before the Department of Justice are Megaforce Chief Security Roderick Garbin; Jeffrey Veniegas, security officer; Maximo Maregildo, head for Investigation; and Romeo Nevado, Jr., security officer, and John Does.

The complaint is for obstruction of justice and violations of the Private Security Agency Law.

Senior Supt. Felix Arthur Asis, Taguig police chief, said there was concealment of the incident by Megaforce when Taguig police investigators were dispatched to Forbeswood Heights on Jan. 25, a day after Asis learned of the mauling of Navarro after having watched it on ABS-CBN on Jan. 24.

"The security officers denied that there was such an incident," Asis said.

Asis said Megaforce should be held accountable for failure to report the incident, non-cooperation in the police's investigation, concealment of vital papers/evidence/records in connection with the incident, and non-disclosure or giving false or incomplete information.

"Under the [Private Security Agency] law, the security agency should have reported the incident to the proper investigative authorities, preserved the scene and the evidence, and turned the scene over to the investigating authorities," Asis stressed.

Navarro was mauled inside Cornejo's unit in Forbeswood Heights by the group of businessman Cedric Lee who claimed that they caught Navarro in the act of attempting to rape Cornejo.

Navarro, denying the attempted rape incident, claims he was set-up by Cornejo and Lee's group, severely beaten up, and later extorted for P1 million; Cornejo filed rape charges against Navarro.

Navarro and Cornejo's separate complaints have been consolidated and will be heard at the DOJ main office in Manila.