Roxanne Cabanero's Camp Said Perjury Raps Is A Form Of HarassmentAtty. Virgilio Batalla, the lawyer of former beauty queen Roxanne Cabanero, said that Vhong Navarro's decision to file a perjury case against his client is a "form of harassment."
Roxanne is the second woman who filed a rape complaint against Vhong, one of the hosts of "It's Showtime." The first one was former model-stylist Deniece Cornejo.
Atty. Virgilio said the perjury case has "no legal and factual basis." He added that a perjury case can only be filed if there is already a prima facie and proceedings in court.
A prima facie means a fact is presumed to be true unless disproved. A perjury case, according to the lawyer, can be filed if there is evidence presented before the court.
In the meantime, a perjury case is not valid because the case is not being heard in court. Unless, the lawyer said, they want to admit that there is a legal basis for the rape complaint.
Last Thursday, Vhong submitted his counter-affidavit to the sworn statements made by Roxanne before the Pasig Prosecutor's Office.
Aside from the counter-affidavit, the host also filed perjury raps against the former beauty queen, who said she was raped sometime in April 25 to 27, 2010 near a hotel in Pasig City.
Roxanne's changing statements, however, have led the public to believe that she was not telling the truth about the alleged rape. Roxanne changed the date and the place of the incident when Vice Ganda, one of Vhong's co-hosts, proved that the comedian-TV host was with him in a show during the date initially given by Roxanne.
The preliminary investigation for Roxanne's case against Vhong will be held on March 13. Atty. Virgilio assured he will attend the hearing with his client.
According to the lawyer, Roxanne is currently in a safe place and she is regularly updated about the developments of the case. "So, this perjury case is no other than a result of a desperate move of Vhong Navarro."
Also, during the preliminary investigation, they will answer Vhong's counter-affidavit. He doesn't know why Vhong's camp filed the counter-affidavit earlier, whose deadline is on the 13th.
Roxanne's camp will file a reply-affidavit on March 13. "But if we find their counter-affidavit with no merit on our judgment, we will submit the case for resolution."