VHONG NAVARRO: I'M NOT A RAPIST

Actor-comedian Vhong Navarro on Sunday appeared on national television for the first time since he was reportedly beaten up at a condominium unit in Taguig, denying accusations that he raped a 22-year old student. He claimed that he was a victim of an elaborate extortion plot. He did not rape anyone, he said.
In a “Buzz Ng Bayan” interview with Boy Abunda, the actor was shown lying on a bed and wearing a hospital gown. He was sporting two black eyes and a swollen face. “Grabe. Binaboy nila ako. Tinakot nila ako, pinaratangan na papatayin yung mga anak ko, magulang ko,” a weeping Navarro said. (They violated me. They threatened me, saying they will kill my children, my parents.) During the first ten minutes of the interview, shot hours before the airing of the celebrity talk show, Navarro detailed his encounters with a certain Deniece Millet Cornejo, whom he met two years ago.

ALSO: Vhong Navarro beaten up, threatened inside Fort condo

"It's Showtime" co-host Vhong Navarro is currently recovering after he was allegedly tied up and attacked by a group of men inside a condominium unit in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig on Wednesday (Jan. 22), according to his manager. In a statement given to ABS-CBN News on Friday, Navarro's manager, film director Chito Rono, said the comedian was invited by a female friend to visit her in her condominium unit. Several men allegedly blindfolded Navarro and beat him up when he got in the premises of the condominium. Rono said Navarro was also threatened and was a victim of extortion, adding they have yet to find out the reason behind the attack. According to the film director, Navarro will temporarily not be seen on "It's Showtime," which airs weekdays and Saturdays, and on his other television projects, as he continues to recover. Navarro was absent from the noontime program on Thursday and Friday. Speaking with ABS-CBN News, Rono added Navarro may undergo an operation due to his injuries. He said Navarro is unable to detail the incident as he cannot speak properly. The 37-year-old actor is known to have a non-showbiz girlfriend, and has two sons from his previous relationships.

ALSO: Police blotter tells another version of Vhong Navarro’s mauling

A blotter entry filed at the police district headquarters in Taguig City tells another version of the story on the alleged mauling of TV host and actor Vhong Navarro on Wednesday night at a Bonifacio Global City (BGC) condominium. The record at the Southern Police District Headquarters (SPD) District Investigation and Detective Management Division entered at 11:49 p.m. said that a certain Ferdinand Navarro (Vhong’s real name) tried to rape a 22-year-old student and resident of the condominium unit. Bearing the signatures of Navarro and the girl, the blotter entry recorded that at around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Navarro arrived at the residential unit of the victim while she was alone. In an earlier statement Chito Rońo, the TV host’s manager, Navarro was invited to the place by a female friend. He also added that for unknown reasons, he was blindfolded, mauled, bound, threatened and told to cough up money by a group of men on the same night. But the girl’s account of Wednesday night’s incident revealed a different story. The report said that while the girl and Navarro were inside the unit, the TV actor held her hands, pulled her hair and forced her to lay down on a chair. She however fought back and was able to run to her room. But the girl claimed that the TV host followed her, forced her to lay on the bed and pulled her short pants twice. The police record further stated that the girl cried for help while Navarro was on top of her and continuously “hurting the victim for his lewd desires.”


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MANILA, JANUARY 27, 2014 (INQUIRER) Actor-comedian Vhong Navarro on Sunday appeared on national television for the first time since he was reportedly beaten up at a condominium unit in Taguig, denying accusations that he raped a 22-year old student.

He claimed that he was a victim of an elaborate extortion plot. He did not rape anyone, he said.

In a “Buzz Ng Bayan” interview with Boy Abunda, the actor was shown lying on a bed and wearing a hospital gown. He was sporting two black eyes and a swollen face.

“Grabe. Binaboy nila ako. Tinakot nila ako, pinaratangan na papatayin yung mga anak ko, magulang ko,” a weeping Navarro said. (They violated me. They threatened me, saying they will kill my children, my parents.)

During the first ten minutes of the interview, shot hours before the airing of the celebrity talk show, Navarro detailed his encounters with a certain Deniece Millet Cornejo, whom he met two years ago.

“First time ulit naming magkita after namin mag-meet two years ago,” he said of their January 17 meeting.

Navarro said they drank white wine that night and were intimate but that they did not engage in sexual intercourse.

On January 22, he was again invited by Cornejo. However, inside the unit, as he was putting down the take-out food he bought, a man appeared and shoved a gun on his face.

He then narrated how he was beaten up and defiled by a group of men led by a certain Cedric Lee. At one point, he was stripped of his short pants and video-taped, being forced to say that he raped his friend.

One of the men told him he should pay P200,000 in damages for what he supposedly did to Cornejo. Lee said the amount should be P500,000.

A man he called Mike then said they will bring him to a police precinct to have him listed in the blotter.

At the precinct, Cornejo accused him of raping her. Fearing for his life and his family, Navarro refused to give his side of the story when asked by the police officers.

Navarro said Mike told him that the blotter was their safeguard against him, so that he would pay them P1 million. At that point, they were asking him to give them P2 million but the “It’s Showtime” host said he did not have that much.

“Sabi ni Mike hahatid nila ako sa condo…kinausap ko yung pulis sabi ko, ‘Pwede ba kayo maghatid sa akin?’” Navarro said.
(Mike said they will drive me to the condo (where my car was parked)…but I asked the police instead.)

Mike and another man accompanied Navarro and the police, according to the comedian.

Navarro said Mike asked for his number so they may discuss where he will deposit the money.

Now, four days later, Navarro said he decided to break his silence and seek justice.

“Gusto ko sanang may mangyaring hustisya, gusto ko sanang may pagbayaran yung gumawa nito sa akin,” he said.

Navarro was crying all throughout the interview. He said he was worried about his family and his career after all the humiliations that the group caused him.

He said it was the lowest point in his life.

However, he wanted to tell the truth so that others won’t suffer the same fate.

Boy Abunda said it was among the most difficult interviews he ever did.

Navarro’s fans were shocked after hearing that the actor received a severe beating from a group of men. There were speculations and rumors on why it happened.

A police blotter entry on the incident said the actor (Ferdinand Navarro in real life) tried to rape a 22-year-old student living in the said condominium unit.

She claimed that Navarro went to her unit on the evening of January 22. He allegedly pulled her hair and forced her to lie on the bed. The girl said he tried to pull down her short pants.

The entry said a certain Cedric Cua Lee and a Bernice Cua Lee, friends of the victim, came to her rescue.

The group brought Navarro to the police but the girl said she will not file charges.

The police officers earlier told the Philippine Daily Inqurier that the actor already had his hands tied and had bruises on his face when he was brought to the precinct.

As of posting time, INQUIRER.net is trying get the side of the other parties involved.

FROM ABS-CBN

Mauled Vhong Navarro to hit back at ‘thugs’


Vhong Navarro after the attack. Photo courtesy of the actor-host

Vhong Navarro beaten up, threatened inside Fort condo ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 01/24/2014 7:22 PM | Updated as of 01/25/2014 2:33 AM

MANILA -- (UPDATED) "It's Showtime" co-host Vhong Navarro is currently recovering after he was allegedly tied up and attacked by a group of men inside a condominium unit in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig on Wednesday (Jan. 22), according to his manager.

In a statement given to ABS-CBN News on Friday, Navarro's manager, film director Chito Rono, said the comedian was invited by a female friend to visit her in her condominium unit.

Several men allegedly blindfolded Navarro and beat him up when he got in the premises of the condominium.

Rono said Navarro was also threatened and was a victim of extortion, adding they have yet to find out the reason behind the attack.

According to the film director, Navarro will temporarily not be seen on "It's Showtime," which airs weekdays and Saturdays, and on his other television projects, as he continues to recover.

Navarro was absent from the noontime program on Thursday and Friday.

Speaking with ABS-CBN News, Rono added Navarro may undergo an operation due to his injuries. He said Navarro is unable to detail the incident as he cannot speak properly.

The 37-year-old actor is known to have a non-showbiz girlfriend, and has two sons from his previous relationships.

Here is Rono's full statement:

"Si Vhong Navarro ay naimbitahan sa isang condominium unit sa Fort ng isang kaibigang babae. At sa di pa malamang kadahilanan, siya ay piniringan, pinagtulungang bugbugin, ginapos, tinakot, at hinihingan ng pera ng isang grupo ng kalalakihan noong January 22, Miyerkules.

"Si Vhong ay kasalukuyang nagpapagaling at mawawala ng pansamantala sa 'It's Showtime' at iba pa niyang proyekto."

FROM THE INQUIRER

Police blotter tells another version of Vhong Navarro’s mauling By Maricar Brizuela Philippine Daily Inquirer January 26, 2014 | 3:14 pm

MANILA, Philippines – A blotter entry filed at the police district headquarters in Taguig City tells another version of the story on the alleged mauling of TV host and actor Vhong Navarro on Wednesday night at a Bonifacio Global City (BGC) condominium.

The record at the Southern Police District Headquarters (SPD) District Investigation and Detective Management Division entered at 11:49 p.m. said that a certain Ferdinand Navarro (Vhong’s real name) tried to rape a 22-year-old student and resident of the condominium unit.

Bearing the signatures of Navarro and the girl, the blotter entry recorded that at around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Navarro arrived at the residential unit of the victim while she was alone.

In an earlier statement Chito Rońo, the TV host’s manager, Navarro was invited to the place by a female friend. He also added that for unknown reasons, he was blindfolded, mauled, bound, threatened and told to cough up money by a group of men on the same night.

But the girl’s account of Wednesday night’s incident revealed a different story. The report said that while the girl and Navarro were inside the unit, the TV actor held her hands, pulled her hair and forced her to lay down on a chair.
She however fought back and was able to run to her room. But the girl claimed that the TV host followed her, forced her to lay on the bed and pulled her short pants twice.

The police record further stated that the girl cried for help while Navarro was on top of her and continuously “hurting the victim for his lewd desires.”

The victim’s two friends who were identified on the entry as a certain Cedric Cua Lee and a Bernice Cua Lee arrived at the residence and caught what Navarro was doing. The two reportedly made a citizen’s arrest and brought the TV host to the district headquarters.

The police officer who recorded the entry told the Inquirer that when Navarro was brought to the station, he already had bruises on his face and his hands were also tied with a tape. The blotter, however, did not give a clear account of how the actor sustained those bruises.

“He (Navarro) was saying sorry to the girl at the station,” the officer who refused to be identified said.
The girl who seemed to be in a daze and was mostly staring into space did not speak much, according to the officer.

“She looked traumatized and her friends also claimed that she was emotionally shocked after what happened,” the police officer added.

The end of the blotter entry however revealed that the victim verbally manifested that she is no longer interested to file charges against Navarro.

According to the records officer, the victim only wanted put the incident on record for future reference. He even noted that after the signing of the entry, the complaining party already left the station.

SPD officers meanwhile offered to accompany Navarro to a hospital but according to them the actor declined and only asked to be escorted to his car, which was parked at the BGC condominium.

It was also put on record that a mobile team accompanied the TV host and actor to the said place.

SPD officers of the investigation division claimed they were shocked when details of the incident came out on social media two days after.

“They agreed here that nobody will talk about what happened,” the officers adde


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