Taguig cops give condominium guards more time to provide evidence on TV host's mauling

January 28, 2014 11:19 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 28 — Police authorities have given more time to security personnel — and their agency — at a Taguig City condominium to provide the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage, logbook entries and other documents that could help in the investigation of the mauling incident involving television host Fernando “Vhong” Navarro on Jan. 22.

In an interview Tuesday, Senior Supt. Arthur Felix Asis, Taguig City police chief, said they already talked to the lawyer of Forbeswood Heights and Mega Force Security Agency who claimed they are having a hard time in producing the CCTV clips.

Asis said Mega Force Security Agency failed to surrender copies of the CCTV footage and logbook entries of Forbeswood Heights Condominium in Bonifacio Global City.

After being given a 6 p.m. deadline to submit the relevant documents on Monday, a representative from Mega Force appealed for extension of the ultimatum until Tuesday morning, but the agency still failed to submit the documents, Asis said.

He said they are giving the security agency and management until this week to hand over the footage. He added that the security agency has also given 100 percent assurance that they will help in the investigation.

He said that in case they refused to cooperate with the police in the investigation of the case, they may file obstruction of justice charges against the management and the security agency of the condominium.

Asis also clarified that they are looking at all possible circumstances that could have led to the mauling of Navarro and how to prevent a similar incident from happening in the future.

“We already have statements from reliable sources and documents from the Southern Police District,” he said.

Navarro was brought to the SPD Station last Jan. 22 by Cedric Lee’s group, who claimed that they mauled the TV host after seeing him forcing himself on Deniece Millet Cornejo.

Other reports stated an angle saying Navarro is a victim of an extortion plot.

Asis said they are conducting background checks on both parties involved in the incident and that they have sent them invitations to give statements.

As of this posting, Asis said they have not yet received any complaints from both camps as he urged both parties to cooperate with the police so the investigation could proceed.

“Wala pa kaming nakakausap from both parties (Vhong Navarro & Cedric Lee's group). We have sent them invitations,” he added. (PNA)

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