Deniece's 2nd rape complaint vs Vhong junked

Posted at 07/11/2014 7:04 PM | Updated as of 07/11/2014 11:26 PM
Cedric Lee (left) and Deniece Cornejo (center) emerge from the Taguig Regional Trial Court after their bail petition hearing in the case of serious illegal detention of Vhong Navarro (right) in this composite of photos taken last May 16. Photos by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA - (UPDATED) The complaint filed by Deniece Cornejo against Vhong Navarro alleging she was raped last January 17 has been dismissed by the Taguig City Prosecutor's Office.

The resolution, dated July 1, 2014, reads, in part: "[Cornejo's] subsequent actions belie of a rape which happened on January 17, 2014. She appeared to be normal in going about her daily activities. No changes in behavior or attitude were observed."

"If indeed the complainant was raped on January 17 or 18, 2014; why did she allow herself to be raped again on January 22, 2014? There is no sign of struggle, no physical injuries. Complainant's narration of the actual act of rape is incredible."

The resolution also took note of the demeanor of Cedric Lee and others who arrived at Cornejo's condominium early January 18, supposedly to rescue her. Cornejo, in her complaint, claimed that she asked Lee and his companions for help through text message.

"CCTV photo grabs were submitted showing Cedric Lee and cohorts smiling inside the condominium's elevator at 1:40 a.m., of January 18, 2014 which would be contrary to a person's disposition when going to the rescue of a friend," the resolution read.

The earlier complaint filed by Cornejo alleging she was raped by Navarro on January 22 when they met again in her condominium unit was dismissed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in April.

Cornejo first alleged that she was raped by Navarro on January 17, in her counter-affidavit in the criminal charges filed against her by the actor, which she submitted last February 22.

The aspiring model made no mention of sexual assault on January 17 in her complaint-affidavit in the first rape case, which she filed against Navarro last January 29.

In his complaint-affidavit in relation to the January 22 incident, Navarro said he and Cornejo had oral sex on January 17 during their first meeting. This was denied by Cornejo's legal counsel, Atty. Howard Calleja, in a January 30 interview.

However, Calleja, in a February 25 interview, said he never denied that his client had sexual relations with Navarro during their first meeting.

"Wala ho kaming dini-deny," he said at the time. "Ang sinasabi ko nga, malinaw po 'yon, even in the affidavit of Deniece. We were just silent about it. Hindi kami nag-deny. Wala kaming sinabing walang nangyari."

Explaining why Cornejo only detailed the alleged rape on January 17 in her counter-affidavit, Calleja had said, "We have to give leeway and understanding to the rape victim. It is hard enough to relive one's experience again and again and again. And it's harder to relive two or three or more than one experience."

In a statement given to ABS-CBN News on Friday, Navarro's legal counsel, Atty. Alma Mallonga, said the dismissal of the second rape complaint "vindicates Vhong, gives lie to the baseless charges against him, and brings him one step closer to reaching the end of his quest for full justice."

Cornejo is currently detained at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Quezon City after being charged with serious illegal detention, in connection with the January 22 mauling of Navarro.

Cornejo's co-accused, Lee and Simeon Raz, Jr., are under the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila. -- Report from Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News