Roxanne Cabañero Camp Says Something Not Normal With Case HandlingRoxanne Cabañero and her camp has said that the handling of their rape complaint against Vhong Navarro is not normal.
The comment comes after their complaint was recently transferred from the Pasig City Prosecutor’s Office to the Department of Justice.
Along with the rape complaint, Navarro’s countersuit of perjury has also been transmitted to the DOJ.
In a comment made to PEP.ph, Cabañero’s lawyer, Atty. Virgilio Batalla, said, “The problem is we find something not normal with the case.”
According to him, the fact that the DOJ took the case without a resolution from the Pasig City Prosecutor’s office is suspect.
Batalla said that he has contacted Prosecutor General Claro Arellano asking for an explanation why the case has been transferred to the DOJ.
One of the questions he asked the DOJ official is why the case was handed to the DOJ without even a determination for probable cause from the Pasig court.
Cabañero filed the case in the said court in February, alleging Navarro raped her in Ortigas sometime in 2010.
Meanwhile, when asked to comment about a possible attempt from the Navarro camp to manipulate the case, Batalla said that there is an attempt.
PEP.ph explained that on April 7, one of their writers received a text message that questioned whether the transfer of the Cabañero case to the DOJ be an attempt by the Navarro camp to manipulate the case.
Asked about this possible manipulation, Batalla said, “Meron po, considering that our client is just a poor girl.”
The lawyer added that Cabañero can’t even afford to finance her case against Navarro, in contrast to Navarro who can financially support his cases.
Nonetheless, Batalla insists that Cabañero’s rape complaint is valid.
He said that a woman would not go to the trouble of filing a rape complaint and in the process malign herself and her family just for kicks.
Batalla also mentioned another rape complaint filed against Navarro and said that these people have the right to claim “vindication” because of what happened to them.
Nonetheless, he clarified that he does not know whether Cabañero knows the third rape complainant against Navarro.
He said he is only a lawyer and does not know Cabañero personally. He said that he only deals with facts and sworn statements from his clients.