The Court Rejects Deniece Cornejo’s Petition

Deniece Cornejo filed a petition for a temporary protection order against Vhong Navarro.

The Taguig City Regional Trial Court junked the said petition because of lack of merit.

The TPO petition was filed last February 4 (Tuesday), seeking to order the comedian-TV host from approaching or communicating with Deniece.

The TPO would also prevent Vhong, his lawyers and the media from talking about the alleged rape case filed by the model against the TV host.

A hearing was conducted on the TPO petition which was attended by Deniece, her lawyer Atty. Howard Calleja and Vhong’s lawyer Atty. Alma Mallonga.

It is not within the court’s powers to grant a gag order against all TV stations, social media and any third person.

Their relationship, based on Deniece’s allegations, is the purported rape that happened last January 22. But the court said such a relation does not fall under RA 9262.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has already submitted for resolution the rape case Deniece filed against Vhong.

The preliminary investigation was scheduled on the same day the TPO petition was denied.

The next hearing will be on February 21 and the department requires Deniece to appear personally along with Cedric Lee, Bernice Lee and the other personalities involved in the alleged mauling of the TV host.