What are the chances of Cedric Lee and Deniece Cornejo Fleeing?
by FFE Entertainment News Staff
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday revealed CCTV footages that disproves claims by model Deniece Cornejo that actor-host Vhong Navarro allegedly attempted to rape her.
The video, provided by Forbeswood Heights Condominium in Bonifacio Global City where the mauling last 22 January took place, showed Navarro entering the lobby at 10:38 pm. Two minutes later, Cornejo was seen leaving the building alone. At 10:41 pm Cedric Lee, the alleged man behind Navarro’s beating, entered the building followed by two other men.
While Cornejo was still outside the building, Lee’s sister Bernice was shown entering the lobby. She was then seen leaving with Lee three minutes later.
At 11:01 pm, Lee, Bernice, and Cornejo entered the building and went back to the unit.
Twelve minutes later, Navarro, Cornejo, Lee, Bernice and five other men were seen leaving the lobby with Navarro’s hands tied together behind his back.
The NBI pointed out that Navarro’s attempted rape of Cornejo was impossible since the two were not in the unit at the same time. NBI Metro Manila assistant regional director Vicente De Guzman III said that the CCTV footages favoured Navarro’s account of the events.
In Navarro’s earlier statement, he said that when he entered the unit, Cornejo stepped out and two men came out of Cornejo’s room and pointed a gun at him. He added that he was blindfolded, beaten up and was extorting from him the sum of Php1 million.
Navarro’s claim was in conflict with Cornejo and Lee’s accounts. Cornejo, 22, said last Monday that Navarro brought her food in the night of 22 January. When Navarro was in the unit, Cornejo claimed his behaviour changed and he attempted to rape her.
Lee, a businessman, said that he was on his way to Cornejo’s condominium with his sister and another male friend when they heard shouting from inside the unit. Upon entering, Lee claimed they saw Navarro with his pants down on top of Cornejo in her bed. Lee said his group only beat up Navarro in defence of Cornejo’s. The residents of the building however said that they did not hear any screams or arguments during the whole incident.
While more investigations are made about the truthfulness of Cornejo and Lee’s statements, Senator JV Ejercito, the former mayor of San Juan City, revealed information about Lee. He said Lee used to be a contractor for an arena in San Juan. But due to Lee’s character, the local government decided not to give him any more projects.
‘He did a project for us but after I saw his character… I did not give him anymore the big projects of the city hall,’ Ejercito told the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI).’Because you can see their character. How they act… his partners. Relationship for me is more important… I don’t like that kind of character. You know that it’s difficult to get along with.’
Meanwhile, Lee shot down the rumour that he and Cornejo were planning to leave the country for Singapore on 6 February.
‘The report is not true. I’m here in the Philippines and have no plans of leaving soon. I will face all the issues and clear my name while I’m here,’ Lee told PDI.
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