Taguig police says it won't take sides in Vhong probe
MANILA - Police on Tuesday gave an update on their investigation into the mauling incident involving actor-host Vhong Navarro in Bonifacio Global City last week.
In a press briefing, Sr. Supt. Arthur Felix Asis clarified that they only started working on the case on Monday, and that the police blotter was filed in Southern Police District, not in their police station.
Despite this, he said their office started investigating the case as soon as they heard about it. He added they have already coordinated with Navarro's camp through his lawyer, Atty. Dennis Manalo.
"He (Manalo) assured us that he will give their full cooperation."
He added that his office is still waiting for the response of the other party, as they have already sent invitations to Deniece Cornejo's camp, as well as to the management of Forbeswood Heights Condominium, where the alleged mauling and attempted rape took place.
"The management of Forbeswood Condominium gave us assurance that they will give their full cooperation. We have given them ample time to comply with what we are asking from them such as the CCTV footage, guest list, and other documents that are significant in our investigation."
Asis assured the public that they will remain impartial in investigating the case.
"Wala po tayong pinapanigan. Lahat po dito pantay pantay kaya po we are requesting the cooperation of both parties, yung isang party nagrespond na positively, and I am hopeful na yung kabilang party magrespond na para we can come up with the truth, kung ano talaga nangyari."
He added that just like other people, they want to know the truth regarding the incident, due to different allegations coming from different parties.
"Definitely may nangyari. Dito tayo naka-focus, kasi may nangyari. kaya kelangan lahat magcooperate yung all concerned para maging complete yung ating investigation, at mabigyan ng linaw kung ano talaga ang nangyari."
He also said that they don't want a similar incident to happen in the future, so they are bent on finding the truth regarding the incident.
A parallel investigation is being conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), where Navarro decided to file his case.