Vhong Navarro thankful after end of legal dispute versus Denice Cornejo
Vhong Navarro emotionally faced the public and expressed gratitude following his acquittal from criminal offenses filed by Denice Cornejo.
The controversial legal dispute between the two began in 2014 when Cornejo accused Navarro of attempted rape. The latter vehemently denied the allegations and argued the intercourse was consensual and that he was a victim of extortion.
In 2018 and 2020, Cornejo’s charges will be dismissed by the Department of Justice, citing issues in credibility. Navarro was later detained but was allowed with his petition to bail. He was also granted temporary liberty and returned to television appearances in January this year.
After a nine-year court fight, the Supreme Court acquitted Navarro from the charges of rape and acts of lasciviousness. The ruling said, “no amount of deportment supplants Cornejo’s unclear accounts of her supposed harrowing experience.”
Vhong Navarro thankful for acquittal from rape, acts of lasciviousness
On Tuesday, Navarro took to an episode of It’s Showtime to express his gratitude about the dismissal of his cases. He started by recalling he once lost hope facing the predicament.
“Dasal ako nang dasal na hopefully ay makuha ko na ‘yung minimithi ko. Kasi may mga panahon na akala ko, nawalan ako ng pag-asa eh. Pero hindi ako tumigil kaya eto na po. Nagkakaroon na po ng maganda ang ginawa nilang pagresolba sa kaso ko.”
Navarro then expressed gratitude for Supreme Court and his legal team that assisted him throughout the journey. He also spoke about how grateful he feels for his home network.
“Of course, ABS-CBN dahil hindi ako iniwan, binigyan ako ng trabaho. Welcome ako rito sa ‘Showtime.’ Maraming-maraming salamat. I love you. Lagi kayong nandiyan. Lagi kayong nakaalalay sa akin,” Navarro stressed, specially mentioning his manager, Chito Roño.
The actor and host next thanked the people who believed in him, including his loved ones.
“At sa mga taong naniniwala sa akin, sumusuporta sa akin, marami pong salamat. My family– kay Tanya, kay Yce, kay Bruno. Sa dalawang nanay ko, sa mga kapatid ko at sa mga kaibigan ko pa, maraming-maraming salamat,” he said.
According to Navarro, the event restored his faith in the country’s justice system.
Renzo is an introvert who prefers to do things at his own pace. Unlike most writers, he reads lazily. Watching Korean dramas at night is his constant source of comfort. Although oftentimes commended for being outspoken, he speaks better through writing than with his words.