Lawyer expects more efforts to 'discredit' Vhong Navarro-A A +A
Friday, April 11, 2014
THE camp of actor-television host Vhong Navarro said it will remain vigilant following the filing of serious illegal detention and grave coercion cases against Cedric Lee and six others who mauled him at a condominium unit last January.
“He (Navarro) is keenly aware that this initial victory is not only for him but for other victims of crimes, against those who think themselves above the law. But while we are happy, we remain vigilant,” said lawyer Alma Mallonga in a text message to Sun.Star on Thursday night.
She said there will be more challenges ahead including efforts to “discredit” the actor, “hence more work for everyone involved.”
“We will prepare, we will remain focused. Hindi kami mapapagod, hindi kami patatalo sa takot. We will not stop until we reach the ultimate goal-the punishment of those who are proven to be criminals,” Mallonga added.
While Navarro was cleared of the allegation that he raped model-stylist Deniece Cornejo on January 22, the actor has yet to hurdle the same charges filed by former beauty contestant Roxanne Acosta Cabañero and a stuntwoman who accused the actor of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in 2009.
Navarro submitted his counter-affidavit to the stuntwoman’s complaint with the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday morning, hours before the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the filing of cases at the Taguig City Regional Trial Court against Lee’s group.
The actor had said he was set up by Cornejo to allow Lee and company to extort as much as P2 million from him. (Sunnex)