Deniece's condo a 'polluted source,' lawyer says

Posted at 02/05/14 11:44 PM

MANILA -- The lawyer of Cedric Lee and Deniece Cornejo on Wednesday questioned the inspection done by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on the condominium unit occupied by the model.

According to Atty. Howard Calleja, the unit was a "polluted" source. "Why even go there?" he asked.

He claimed his clients have already cleared the unit and kept some of the appliances and other things that were broken because of what happened between actor Vhong Navarro and Lee's group last January 22.

He also said the NBI should have asked permission first from the unit's occupant, in this case Cornejo, instead of just asking the owner.

The NBI on Tuesday showed video footage of its inspection of Cornejo's unit at Forbeswood Heights where Navarro was beaten up by the group of Lee and where Cornejo was allegedly raped by the TV host-actor.

NBI agents said the condo unit seemed to be in good condition, with no furniture or appliances destroyed -- contrary to a claim earlier made by Lee.

They said there were also no signs that the condo unit was ransacked.

Meanwhile, Calleja said the issues being thrown at his clients such as the Iloilo and Cebu contracts, the other alleged mauling incidents involving celebrities, and the connections of Lee with powerful individuals, have no bearing in the case.

He admitted that those issues may be raised in court, but he maintained that the issue is that Cornejo was raped and her friends led by Lee helped her.

"Why even bring up the issue?" said Calleja.

He also lashed back at Navarro's camp, saying the actor is the one who is apparently well-connected.

Calleja said Interior Secretary Mar Roxas even met with Navarro while Justice Secretary Leila De Lima issued a lookout order against Cornejo and Lee but did not act on his request for a similar lookout order against Navarro.

Meanwhile, Calleja also appealed to the media and social media users to be considerate and respectful when making comments.

"Huwag naman sana bastusan," said Calleja, who noted that even his own social media sites are bombarded with hate messages.