MANILA, Philippines—If there’s one major lesson that actor-TV host-comedian Vhong Navarro learned of the mauling incident involving him and businessman Cedric Lee and seven others, it’s fidelity to one’s partner.
“Be loyal to your partner,” Navarro said Thursday in an exclusive TV interview with broadcaster Korina Sanchez. Based on earlier reports, Navarro’s non-showbiz girlfriend for five years is Tanya Bautista.
Navarro admitted since his younger years, he has been fond of going out at night and meeting girls.
“Kaya po maging faithful po tayo ([That’s why] it’s best to be faithful to [your our partner]),” he said.
“Humingi ako ng tawad sa girlfriend ko, sobra sobra (I’ve asked forgiveness from my girlfriend, over and over again), Navarro added.
Navarro was brought to the hospital early morning of January 23 and stayed for two weeks to recover from several injuries, including a broken nose. He was released from the hospital Thursday.
Navarro visited model-bit actress Deniece Cornejo in a condo unit in Forbeswood Heights in Taguig City on the night of January 22. He was beaten to the pulp by Lee and seven others and brought to a police station for the charge of, initially, attempted rape. The charge was withdrawn but later on filed as “rape”.
Lee claimed he saw Navarro on top of Cornejo, who was allegedly screaming for help and prompted him and his friends to beat up Navarro.
Navarro said it wasn’t the only time he went to Cornejo’s unit. In his affidavit, he said the first time he was there, Cornejo performed oral sex on him but there was no actual sexual intercourse.
He said he went back for the second time upon the invitation of Cornejo, who he said was, surprisingly, sending sweet messages to him.
Meanwhile, recent reports revealed that Cornejo was not the one originally renting the unit owned by a certain Soledad Ramos but Malaysian businessman Gregory Binunus.
Binunus, in a sworn statement at the National Bureau of Investigation, said he met Cornejo in a party in Malate, Manila, in December last year.
Binunus said Cornejo kept on texting him, looking for a place to stay. He said he let Cornejo stay for two months in the Forbeswood unit starting January 15 this year for free.
Originally posted at 9:39 pm | Thursday, February 6, 2014