Condo guards in Vhong Navarro case yield to NBI

Posted at 01/27/2014 4:14 PM | Updated as of 01/27/2014 4:14 PM

MANILA – Five security guards who were on duty when comedian-host Vhong Navarro was beaten up in the Forbeswood Condominium in The Fort, Taguig City arrived at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) office on Monday to give their statement.

NBI-NCR chief Efren Meneses said they are also expecting Deniece Milinette Cornejo to come to their office after a subpoena was sent to her.

Menses said the statement of Cornejo and the security guards on duty will be vital to their investigation.

In an exclusive interview with "Buzz ng Bayan," Navarro named Cornejo and a certain Cedric Lee as among the group who beat him up on January 22, 2014.

Meanwhile, NBI executive officer Vicente de Guzman told reporters that they already have a copy of the CCTV footage of the incident, submitted to them by the guards of Forbeswood.

De Guzman, however, said they cannot share the CCTV footage as yet as investigation is still ongoing.

"[January] 22 nangyari itong insidente, 23 po nandoon na kami. May order na po si [NBI] Director Mendez to look at the case. Since January 23 po, andoon na kami," he said.

He said that they are also requiring the Southern Police District (SPD) to submit to them the alleged blotter against the "It's Showtime" host.

Navarro, earlier, said he was just forced to sign the blotter for "blackmailing" purposes.

"Nakalagay po doon is hindi nila itutuloy, hindi sila magrereklamo kasi nga may usapan. Ginawa lang 'yung blotter na 'yun just in case magsumbong ako, meron silang panghahawakan para sa akin," the actor said.

The Taguig City police, earlier, denied receiving any official report or blotter against Navarro.

De Guzman said the NBI is also looking into the profile of Lee who also figured in a similar incident in 2007, involving athlete David Bunevacz, reportedly one of his partners in a cosmetic clinic business.

He added that they might also summon the real owner of the condo unit where Navarro was mauled and the police who received the blotter of the incident.

The Department of Justice already said it also wants to know the truth behind the mauling of Navarro. —with reports from Noel Alamar and Ricky Velasco, DZMM, January 27, 2014, Monday