Deniece Cornejo is seen leaving the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group headquarters on Thursday. Photo by Manny Palmero, ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA - (UPDATED) Model Deniece Cornejo was finally able to rejoin her family after she was released from her detention cell on Thursday.
This after she posted bail of P500,000 on Tuesday following the resolution of the court granting her petition to have provisional liberty.
Cornejo, along with Cedric Lee and Simeon Zimmer Raz Jr., are charged with serious illegal detention filed against them by Vhong Navarro in connection with the mauling incident of the actor-host that happened last January.
According to DZMM reporter Edwin Sevidal, Cornejo left the anti-transnational crime unit detention cell of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, accompanied by her family, at around 4 p.m.
"Sa lahat po ng mga nagdasal para sa akin, sa mga sumuporta. Maraming, maraming salamat. Matagal ko na po itong hinhintay at lagi ko pong pinagdadasal gabi-gabi," Cornejo said shortly after she was released.
Lee and Raz have already been released on bail on Tuesday, while Cornejo had to be detained longer because they were only able to process all the necessary documents for her release on Wednesday afternoon.
Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, the legal counsel of Cornejo, admitted that this is just a small victory as the opposing camp can file another batch of evidence. Nonetheless. the mood in the model's camp is that of "mission accomplished."
The lawyer said Cornejo will devote her time with her family this coming weekend, in addition to visiting several of her churches to thank those who have supported her.
"Siyempre she has to to pick up the pieces of her life. She has to make up for lost time for her worship services. Magiikot nga siya ng churches to thank her brethren who supported her, the pastors. She will also share her experience and how it has made her closer to God." he said.
Topacio also criticized the lead legal counsel of Navarro, Atty. Alma Mallonga, who has already filed their motion for reconsideration against the bail grant and a motion for inhibition against Judge Paz Esperanza-Cortes.
"Natatawa naman kami doon kasi unang una, style na niya 'yan eh. May isa pa siyang [Mallonga] kaso na kapag hindi niya nagugustuhan ang mga rulings eh agad agad na nagpapainhibit siya. Eh pangit po 'yun yung ginagawa niya," he said.
Esperanza-Cortes authored the resolution to allow Cornejo, Lee, and Raz to be granted bail, set at P500,000 each.
"Kami po natalo kami sa ilang desisyon sa kasong ito, pero wala po kayong narinig sa amin na ganito ganyan ang judge. Hindi ganun ang tamang attitude," Topacio added.
Asked about why the Cornejo is on her way to the Commission on Human Rights, he said: "I can only surmise na dahil sa mga nagawang violence against her that they allege against Vhong Navarro, which is a violation against her human rights."
"Actually, ang ginawa kay Cornejo after she accused Navarro of rape is [they] demonized her. She was painted as parang napakasamang babae na nagiimbento lang ng istorya. Kung ano-anong paninira ang ginawa sa kanya," he added.
'A major, major victory'
Meanwhile, the grandfather of Cornejo, Rod Cornejo, said their family is "very, very happy for this major, major victory in [their] struggle."
He also chose to ignore those who criticized the decision to grant bail, saying: "Bahala sila kung ano ang gusto nilang sabihan. We are really a democratic country."
The older Cornejo is also convinced that a "powerful individual" is protecting the actor-host, who is currently in Canada for a series of live concerts with his other "It's Showtime" mainstays.
"May nagproprotekta kay Vhong Navarro. We are sure of that. Just an intelligent assessment of things kasi 'yung mga dinemanda ni Deniece sa kanya, ang bilis bilis na dinismiss ng DOJ. Parang kidlat. Samantala, 'yung two other complaints filed by other women, nasaan? Natutulog, gathering dust," he said.