Felipe Gozon, chairman and CEO of GMA Network, has denied being related to Deniece Milinette Cornejo, the 22-year-old student and model who accused Vhong Navarro of trying to rape her.
Navarro is a host for ABS-CBN, a rival network to GMA.
Cornejo on her Facebook said that she is the “grand niece” of Gozon.
However, she deleted her Facebook and started a new one on Monday. The new one makes no mention of any connection to Gozon.
In a statement, GMA said that “the complainant involved in the Vhong Navarro incident is not related to GMA Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon.”
“From the moment GMA News learned of the story, it sought the side of Vhong Navarro,” it added. “Chito Roño, his manager, gave GMA News a written statement, which was aired yesterday. Today, GMA News aired an interview with Navarro’s lawyer Atty. Alma Mallonga.”
It further added: “The report about the alleged attempted rape was based on the blotter filed at the Investigative Section of the Southern Police District where Vhong Navarro was taken after the incident. Other news organizations also reported it.”