Security agency faces raps over Navarro mauling incident

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

MANILA -- Charges were filed by the Taguig City police on Thursday against the security agency of Forbeswood Heights Condominium for allegedly concealing to authorities the assault on actor and television host Vhong Navarro on January 22.

Facing charges at the Department of Justice (DOJ) for obstruction of justice and violation of the Private Security Agency Law were Megaforce Security Agency chief Roderick Garbin; investigation head Maximo Maregildo; security officers Jeffrey Veniegas and Romeo Nevado, Jr., and John Does.

Taguig City police chief Senior Superintendent Felix Arthur Asis said he sent his men to Forbeswood Heights the day after Navarro's condition was reported in media on January 24.

However, the guards allegedly denied that the incident took place.

"Under the law, the security agency should have reported the incident to the proper investigating authorities, preserved the scene and the evidence and turned the scene over to the investigating authorities," said Asis, whose men may also be penalized for alleged procedural lapses in their investigation.

Still, Asis said the security agency must answer for its failure to report the incident, non-cooperation in the police investigation, hiding vital papers/evidence/records and non-disclosure or giving false or incomplete information.

Vhong Navarro
MANILA. Actor Vhong Navarro appears before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday to affirm the affidavits he executed while at the hospital. The comedian was mauled by six men at a Taguig City condo last January 22. (Al Padilla/Sunnex)

Navarro was mauled by a group of men led by businessman Cedric Lee after he saw the actor trying to rape his friend Deniece Cornejo.

The actor denied it, saying he was set up. He said it was for impossible for rape to take place because upon entering the unit, two men suddenly poked a gun at him and beat him up.

He was then blindfolded, tied up and forced to admit on tape that he raped the 22-year-old model. His private parts had also been abused, Navarro said.

The actor said in a police blotter that he raped Cornejo, who initially declined to press charges after Navarro allegedly asked for forgiveness.

Cornejo filed rape charges against Navarro days after the television host accused the model, Lee and six others of serious illegal detention, grave threat and blackmail, among others.

The DOJ will begin its probe into the complaints on Valentine's Day, February 14. (Sunnex)

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