Model Deniece Cornejo’s camp says TV host and comedian Ferdinand “Vhong” Navarro should be jailed in Taguig as per procedures.
Attorney Ferdinand Topacio, Cornejo’s lead attorney, reacted to comments made by Navarro’s wife, Tanya Bautista-Navarro, who said on September 21 that she feared for the TV host’s safety. he was being transferred to Taguig City Jail to be held in connection with the rape. file submitted by the model.
“It’s not up to me or Vhong’s wife, but we have to follow legal procedures. And the law states that a defendant in a criminal case must be held in the city jail within the jurisdiction of the court hearing the case, which is the Taguig City Jail in Mr. Navarro’s case” , Topacio told the September 1 Manila Bulletin. 22.
In a September 21 media interview, Tanya said Navarro’s possible transfer to Taguig City Jail “is very scary.”
“Kasi threatens ‘yun sa buhay niya. Basta very scary, very scary for Vhong (because it will be a threat to his life. It’s just very scary, very scary for Vhong),” she said, according to video uploaded by ABS-CBN. News.
She added, “I think the lawyers also filed a motion para huwag umabot doon. Pero ako right now ang concern ko yung security for Vhong (I think the lawyers also filed a motion for her not to reach this [transfer]. But for me right now, my concern is Vhong’s safety).
“But for now, at least yung security niya. Natatakot ako for him na ilipat siya sa Taguig (But for now, at least for his safety. I fear for him when he is transferred to Taguig),” she said.
Topacio said alleged threats against Navarro were unproven
“What strikes me as odd is that the alleged threats against Mr. Navarro are speculative and unproven. This is also an insult to BJMPs [Bureau of Jail Management and Penology] ability to secure prisoners in detention. Mr. Navarro’s wife is just looking for excuses to give her husband special treatment. But there must be equal treatment under the law,” he said.
Navarro is now being held at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila after Presiding Judge Loralie Cruz Datahan of Taguig Regional Trial Court Branch 69 issued a warrant for his arrest without bail on September 19 in a case that accused him of allegedly raping Cornejo on January 17, 2014.
The Taguig City Attorney’s Office filed the rape case against Navarro on August 31 in the Taguig Regional Trial Court based on an order from the Court of Appeals, which issued an enacted decision on July 21 in favor of Cornejo’s request for a review of his lawsuit against the television host.
Topacio also announced that they would file contempt charges against Navarro’s attorney, Alma Mallonga, and his wife for speaking to the media about the case.
“In addition, we are now preparing contempt charges against Atty. Alma Mallonga and Vhong Navarro’s wife for making sub judice statements. We will not sit idly by while some people scoff at justice again by staging another publicity trial. They will be held responsible! he said.
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