BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
The Taguig Regional Trial Court Branch 69 has dismissed Deniece Cornejo’s motion for reconsideration to stop the actor’s temporary liberty and instead bring him back to jail.
Actor Vhong Navarro was granted bail by the same court on December 5 after a series of hearings. Navarro posted a total of One Million Pesos (P1-M) , it was learned.
In a three-page decision penned down by Judge Loralie Datahan of the Taguig Regional Trial Court Branch 69, it said that Cornejo’s motion for reconsideration was denied due to lack of merit.
“In this case, there is no conformity from the public prosecutor. This circumstance was not denied by the private respondent. Private respondent merely claimed that the Office of the Prosecutor did not object to the filing of the Motion to Reconsider,” the court said.
Earlier, Deniece Cornejo’s legal team headed by Lawyer Calleja, filed a motion for reconsideration to reverse his bail grant issued by the Taguig Regional Trial Court.
Deniece’s legal team argued in their motion for reconsideration that the camp of Navarro had submitted their evidence late. Therefore, the said bail should not be granted.
The camp of Deniece believed that the decision to grant a bail for the temporary release of the actor was biased. Thus, their petition also included an injunction against the judge.
As this developed, Navarro’s legal team, represented by Lawyer Maggie Garduque, has dismissed the petition. “We have proof naman that the defense was able to file a formal offer of evidence,” the lawyer claimed.
“We were able to file the formal offer of evidence. At any rate, whether or not nakapag-submit ang defense is not material because in petition for bail, ang importante ay ang evidence ng prosecution,” she explained.
“It is actually the prosecution which has the burden of proof to prove that the evidence of guilt of the accused in a rape case is strong.”