Police blotter shows Vhong's guilt, Deniece's lawyer insists

Posted at 02/04/14 1:03 AM

Blotter won't stand in court, says Vhong's lawyer

MANILA -- The camp of Deniece Cornejo and Cedric Lee on Monday maintained that the signed confession of actor Vhong Navarro executed at a Southern Police District station is proof enough of his guilt.

"When they secured Vhong Navarro, don't forget that there was a confession of Vhong Navarro sa blotter, klarong-klaro sa mga pulis na nagso-sorry sya kay Deniece Cornejo," Cornejo's lawyer, Howard Calleja, told ANC Prime Time.

"Kitang-kita kung sino ang nagkamali. Kung hindi ikaw ang nagkamali, bakit ka naman magpapa-blotter na ikaw ang nagkamali at magso-sorry sa harap ng mga pulis?" he added.

Asked if Navarro signed the blotter "under duress," Calleja said duress "is a conclusion of fact or of law."

"What is clear is that there was a confession, whether this is under duress I think it is up to Vhong Navarro to prove that," he said.

He also said Navarro's injuries during the time of his confession do not prove that he was under duress, but would "prove there was a scuffle among those who subdued him and himself."

"Whether that is necessary force or whatever force was applied, that would be for the court to decide," Calleja said. "Yung duress, hindi ko alam kung saan nanggaling kasi I cannot see where duress comes in when you are in the presence of the police."

"No one in his right mind who would do a criminal act would go to the police station in the first place," he said.

Cornejo is accusing Navarro of rape. The TV host is denying the allegation and filed various charges against Cornejo, Lee, and several other people.

The NBI has gotten hold of CCTV footage taken from the condominium unit's lobby and elevator.

An NBI official said it was impossible for Navarro to rape Cornejo on the night of January 22 because the CCTV footage showed that she went out of the room even before Lee arrived.

Atty. Dennis Manalo, lawyer of Navarro, said the blotter will not stand in court.

"That document will not stand, as it is right now, because it is full of infirmities and will not have any leg to stand on," Manalo said.

"I don't see any possibility how a court of law, looking at all the circumstances under which that document was executed as well as the omissions... which are clear on the part of the rape victim. It would not stand in court anymore," he said.