Mar meets with Chito Rono, lawyer over Vhong mauling

Posted at 01/31/2014 12:45 PM | Updated as of 01/31/2014 5:41 PM

MANILA (UPDATED) -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II on Friday held a meeting with the camp of actor-host Vhong Navarro over the mauling incident last week at a condominium in Taguig City.

Navarro's manager Chito Roño and lawyer Dennis Manalo met with Roxas in his office at Camp Crame at around 10 a.m.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Manalo said they requested the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to provide police presence at Navarro's residence following alleged threats on the "It's Showtime" host's life.

Manalo cited the alleged attempt of an unidentified man to enter Navarro's house last January 26 after the actor's interview with Boy Abunda over ABS-CBN's Buzz Ng Bayan.

He said Navarro has also been receiving anonymous text messages, which contain threats.

Manalo said they also sought the PNP's assistance in determining if the firearms of all the people involved in the mauling of Navarro on the evening of January 22 are licensed.

Navarro earlier said that a man pointed a gun at him inside the unit of model Deniece Cornejo in Forbeswood Heights in Taguig.

The lawyer said the PNP will also look into the protocol of the Southern Police District (SPD), where the suspects filed a blotter against Navarro for allegedly attempting to rape Cornejo.

The PNP will also look into the measures taken by the private security agency in Forbeswood Heights, where the beaten and tied-up Navarro, escorted by Cornejo, businessman Cedric Lee and six others, easily walked past the guards and the condominium's main gate, Manalo said.

Cornejo and Lee claimed that the beating of Navarro was done after Lee witnessed him on top of the model inside her room.

Navarro, for his part, claimed that he was a victim of extortion. He said he was blindfolded and tied up before being attacked by at least six men including Lee.

Navarro has filed charges of serious illegal detention, serious physical injuries, grave threats, grave coercion and blackmail against Cornejo, Lee and his other attackers. -- With report from Edwin Sevidal, dzMM