MANILA, Philippines – The camp of actor and TV host Vhong Navarro has sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to identify the source of a photo, which allegedly shows the “abused” genitals of the actor, that was uploaded on the internet.
Lawyer Alma Mallonga, who represents Navarro, said on Wednesday that she has yet to confirm the authenticity of the photo, saying “but definitely it’s something that siguro kailangan ipakita natin sa NBI (we might need to present to the NBI).”
“Ire-refer natin (We are going to refer it) for appropriate action because I have no capabilities of finding out how it was uploaded, who’s sharing it, for what purpose, so hindi natin alam kung anong kahalagahan niyan (we don’t know the significance of it yet). But we will just refer it for appropriate action,” she said.
While voicing doubt on the photo’s authenticity, Mallonga nevertheless described it as a “continuing humiliation na gustong gawin kay (that they wanted to inflict on) Vhong.”
“Whether or not it is true, people look at it and they think it’s true,” she said.
“I cannot confirm one way or another. Ang aking request nalang siguro sa ating mga kaibigan, huwag na nating patulan at huwag niyo nang i-share siguro dahil wala siyang katuturan,” she said.
(“I cannot confirm one way or another. My personal request is, maybe it is better for us to just ignore it and not share it because it’s senseless.”)
In Navarro’s first interview with host Boy Abunda in the show “Buzz ng Bayan,” the emotional actor gave details about what happened on the January 22 mauling incident.
He said that his penis was abused, aside from him being blindfolded, tied up, and mauled by at least six men inside a condominium unit in Taguig.
Referring to the supposed content of a video allegedly recorded by his attackers, the actor said, “[Makikita dito na] binaboy ako from sa ari ko, sa private part ko.”
(“It can be seen [on the video] that they abused my genitals, my private part.”)
“Pinakita nila na medyo baboy na. At the same time ‘yung video ko na sinasabi na, ‘Ako si Vhong Navarro at ni-r**e ko ang kaibigan ko,’ pang-blackmail nila sa akin. Wala akong video na nakikipagtalik dahil hindi nangyari na nakipagtalik ako,” Navarro said during the interview.
(“They show it [genitals] in a humiliating manner. At the same time, the video where I said, ‘I ‘am Vhong Navarro and I r**e my friend,’ it was intended to blackmail me. I don’t have a video where I’m doing an actual sexual intercourse because I never did have sexual intercourse.’”)
The It’s Showtime co-host, when talking about the r**e allegation, was referring to model Deniece Cornejo, whom he accused of collaborating with businessman Cedric Lee and several others in setting him up for an extortion.
On the other hand, Lee denied in an interview aired over DZMM on January 28 the allegations that he took a video of Navarros private parts.
“Walang gumagalaw sa kanya. Lalaki po kami. Bakit namin gagalawin organ niya?” Lee said.
(“No one touched him. All of us are boys, why would we bother about his organ?”)
He backed Cornejo’s statement accusing Navarro of raping her. In her complaint-affidavit filed last January 29, Cornejo claimed that the actor forced her to perform oral s*x on him and afterwards tried to insert his penis in her vagina, but was fortunately “rescued” by Lee and his group.
On the other hand, the actor charged Lee and Cornejo’s group with serious physical injuries, grave threat, grave coercion, unlawful arrest, blackmail, and serious illegal detention, which is a non-bailable offense.