Vhong Navarro is very grateful after the Supreme Court dismissed the rape and acts of lasciviousness charges filed against him by model Deniece Cornejo in 2014.
“[Dininig] na po ng Supreme Court ‘yung dasal natin… Kaya maraming, maraming salamat… Dahil sa Supreme Court, naniniwala po ako na may justice system sa Pilipinas,” Vhong said in a statement.
“Of course, ABS-CBN dahil hindi ako iniwan, binigyan ako ng trabaho. Welcome ako rito sa Showtime. Sir Carlo Katigbak, Sir Mark Lopez and of course Tita Cory Vidanes, maraming-maraming salamat. I love you. Lagi kayong nandiyan. Lagi kayong nakaalalay sa akin. Of course, Direk Chito Roño, sa manager ko. I love you boss thank you so much. Sa Streetboys,” he added.
In a report by Dano Tingcungco in Unang Balita this Wednesday, it was said that Cornejo filed three different complaints of rape with the Taguig fiscal from 2014 to 2015.
But all of Taguig’s fiscal records were dismissed due to lack of probable cause.
A third complaint reached the Department of Justice but was also dismissed in 2018 due to Cornejo’s inconsistent testimony in the three complaints.
Because of this, Cornejo took the matter to the Court of Appeals (CA), which ordered the Taguig prosecutor to file two cases of rape and acts of lasciviousness against Navarro.
Vhong Navarro thanks SC for dismissing his rape, acts of lasciviousness cases
The CA then announced that the court has jurisdiction to determine if there was a grave abuse of discretion or there was an abuse of discretion by the Justice Department when it agreed with the prosecutor that there was no probable cause to charge Navarro.
But in the decision of the Supreme Court, the fiscal department actually determines if there are grounds to prosecute someone as part of the executive’s job.
Moreover, the court cannot insist on prosecuting a person for whom the prosecutor has not found sufficient evidence to indict.
The court added that Cornejo’s changed testimony could not be allowed to strengthen the case against Navarro.
“I’m very happy for Vhong. This is a vindication for him!!! At least now everything has been put to an end. His liberty is no longer temporary but permanent,” said Atty Maggie Abraham-Garduque, Vhong’s lawyer.