Embattled Filipino celebrity Vhong Navarro will reportedly be battling another rape complainant. The complainant, according to her lawyer, Virgilio Batalla, chooses to remain anonymous for now. According to “breaking news” posted by “respected” journalist Tony Calvento on his Facebook page, the woman’s name is “Roxanne”, and has filed her case with the Department of Justice (DOJ) as of that post’s writing.
Navarro’s case rests on footage taken by security videos within the Forbeswood Heights apartment building that indicated that the timing of the comings and goings of all involved including Navarro, Cornejo, and Lee left little time for the rape, as alleged, to have happened. The CCTV footage analysed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) had shown that Cornejo had left her condo within a minute of Navarro’s arrival and that Cedric Lee and his goon squad (which included his sister, it seems) arrived within a minute of that.
“Lumapit po sa akin ang biktimang ito dahil siya ay nagkaroon ng lakas ng loob sa mga pangyayaring alam n’yo naman po yun… yun pong pangyayaring may nagsampa ng kaso kay Vhong Navarro ng rape, dahil sa nakita niya na pwede palang mangyari ito na paulit-ulit sa ibang bababe tulad niya,” [Batalla] said.
This is in reference to Cornejo, who filed a rape charge against Vhong last January 29 or a week after the TV host was mauled by Lee’s group in a condo unit she is occupying at the Forbeswood Heights tower at the Bnifacio Global City.
Asked why it took the complainant four years to file the charge, Batalla explained a rape victim has “20 taon para magfile ng kaso. At ang kliyente ko at apat na taon lamang (since the incident), kaya hindi ganun katagal yun.”
The weight of public opinion has overwhelmingly turned against Cornejo and Lee. Earlier this week, Lee’s “spokesperson” lawyer Renato Fortun resigned amidst frustration over the chaotic circumstances surrounding the circus. Cornejo for her part continues to battle rumours about her emerging from the woodwork as netizens’ relentless use of “crowdsourcing” tactics to dig up dirt about her persist. Most recent are allegations emerging that she is a call girl following revelations that she met up with a Malaysian businessman named Greg Binunus in a bar. Cornejo has since reportedly denied she is a call girl.