The lawyer of Deniece Cornejo is thinking about this next step
Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, the lawyer of model Deniece Cornejo, is preparing to file contempt charges against Vhong Navarro‘s wife Tanya Bautista, and his lawyer Atty. Alma Mallonga.
Following the warrant of arrest that was filed against Vhong for the rape case filed by Deniece, his lawyer has been speaking in front of mainstream media. Atty. Mallonga insisted that the model has stated in her previous written statements that rape has not happened.
The lawyer of the Kapamilya star even showed the media the CCTV footage showing Deniece at the elevator a minute after the claimed rape happened. Apparently, this is part of the evidence they are holding on to defend Vhong’s claim.
Just recently, Tanya Bautista also spoke before the media. She defended her husband as she believes that he has done nothing wrong. Tanya even said that they have an idea about the “backer” of Deniece Cornejo.
On September 22, Deniece’s lawyer, Atty. Topacio shared a tweet saying that their camp is now preparing to file contempt charges against Tanya and Atty. Mallonga. The model’s lawyer said that it is because the two women made “statements that are sub judice in nature.”
Based on lawphil.net, this is the explanation of sub judice rule:
“The sub Judice rule restricts comments and disclosures pertaining to the judicial proceedings in order to avoid prejudging the issue, influencing the court, or obstructing the administration of justice.”
“We will not sit idly by while some people again make a mockery of justice by having another trial by publicity. THEY WILL BE HELD LIABLE!” the lawyer of Deniece Cornejo said. This Twitter post of Atty. Topacio received a lot of support from netizens who are rallying behind the model.
Meanwhile, amid this issue, Deniece Cornejo refused to be interviewed but she released a written statement. She said that she is ready to fight if she will be an example to her fellow women.
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