The legal counsel of actor-TV host Vhong Navarro are yet to receive a copy of the Court of Appeals’ (CA) decision ordering the filing of rape and attempted rape charges against their client over a 2014 incident involving model Deniece Cornejo, but they already made clear their plans: They are going to file a motion for reconsideration.
Appearing in an interview with TeleRadyo Tuesday, Vhong’s counsel Atty. Alma Mallonga said, “Hindi pa namin pormal na natatanggap ‘yung decision. Pagkatanggap namin, baka kumuha nga kami ng kopya, magsasampa na kami ng Motion for Reconsideration.”
She explained, “Ang ibig sabihin doon, hindi talaga final pa ‘yung decision ng Court of Appeals. Maaari pa niyang tignan ulit. ‘Yun ang aming imumungkahi, na tignan muli ‘yung petition.”
The lawyer is also eyeing other possibilities past that.
“Beyond the Court of Appeals, may remedy pa ng petition for review on certiorari sa Korte Suprema kung sakali,” she added.
The whole issue started with Deniece accusing Vhong of raping her in her condo unit in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City on Jan. 22, 2014.
The case was dropped thrice, prior.
On the other hand, in 2018 a Taguig court convicted Deniece, businessman Cedric Lee and Jed Fernandez of grave coercion and sentenced them to up to 3 years and 6 months in prison.
A separate serious illegal detention case Vhong filed against them is still ongoing.