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Court denies Cornejo's request for TPO vs. Vhong Navarro

February 14, 2014 4:03pm

(Updated 4:31 p.m.) A Taguig court on Friday denied the request of Deniece Cornejo for the issuance of a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) against actor and television host Vhong Navarro, a television report said Friday.

The court found no probable cause to grant Cornejo's plea in connection with the Violence Against Women and Children's Act, according to a report on GMA News TV's Balita Pilipinas.

The report said Cornejo's camp will be filing a motion for reconsideration.

A TPO would've prevented Navarro from getting near Cornejo, who has accused the actor of attempted rape.

Navarro's lawyer Alma Mallonga earlier branded Cornejo camp's move as a dilatory tactic, saying the first day of the preliminary investigation at the Department of Justice (DOJ) was set before Cornejo applied for a TPO from the Taguig Regional Court Branch 69.

Cornejo earlier filed a rape complaint with the Taguig City Prosecutor's Office against Navarro, who was mauled by Cornejo's friends led by Cedric Lee inside the Forbeswood Condominium in Taguig City on January 22.

The complaint was consolidated with the illegal detention, serious physical injuries, grave threats, grave coercion, illegal arrest, and blackmail complaint filed by Navarro against Cornejo and Lee.

Navarro has denied that he tried to rape Cornejo, saying what happened on the night of January 22 was a setup.

Navarro was confined at a hospital for several days as a result of the beating he suffered at the hands of Lee and companions. — Amita Legaspi/KBK, GMA News
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