Vhong Navarro Case: Lawyer Says That Evidence Speaks for Itself

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
February 18, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The evidence in the Vhong Navarro case is so strong that one lawyer says he’s confident that Navarro’s criminal complaints against Deniece Cornejo and Cedric Lee, as well as the rest of their group, will go through.

Dennis Manalo, former lead counsel for Navarro, said that the evidence gathered by Navarro and federal authorities appears to show the guilt of those involved in the alleged beating and blackmail of Navarro.

“I was leaving behind the case with very competent lawyers, and I knew that at that point in time, the evidence would already speak for itself,” he told ABS-CBN.

“It’s just a matter of time when the public would know what really happened.”

Manalo said that it was a difficult decision to leave the case but said another one came up that is more important to the nation.

That would be his defense of Ruby Tuason, one of those accused in the pork barrel and Malampaya fund scam. 

Manalo said that he’s confident that the complaints filed against Cornejo, Lee, and the others will go through.

Those charges include grave threats and coercion, unlawful arrest, and blackmail.

Cornejo and Lee, on the other hand, have asserted that Lee and others in the group stopped Navarro from trying to rape Cornejo at her apartment on January 22. They then made a citizen’s arrest and took the actor and TV host to the police

CCTV footage and witness testimony from the scene, though, appears to back up Navarro’s story.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.