Roxanne Acosta Cabañero has accused Vhong Navarro of rape, but her story is not exactly airtight, PEP.ph reports. In an interview with Buzz ng Bayan, Roxanne narrated that on April 24, 2010, the comedian had picked her up from Astoria Plaza, where she and a couple of other Miss Bikini Philippines contestants were then staying at.
However, upon further investigation, it appears that there's no record of the alleged stay. According to Astoria project director Ric Valenzuela, they actually had had to decline hosting the contestants.
“No, actually that event was offered to us but, unfortunately, the event organizer was asking for too many rooms because of the candidates.
“And we couldn’t accommodate them all because we have limited rooms here.
“So, in effect, we told them, we declined the offers of the promotion.”
It was also revealed that Vhong was not in Metro Manila on April 24, 2010. Videos and messages posted on social networking sites showed that he was actually at Island Cove Resort in Cavite for Vice Ganda’s May Nag-txt, May Concert Ako show.
Resort manager Gwen Villanueva said she recalled seeing Vhong looking a bit sick in the dressing room.
“First and foremost, they are supposed to start at eight o’clock. The show was supposed to start at eight o’clock but in any other concerts, it started like 9 p.m. or 9:30 p.m."
Gwen said she remembered that night because of her son. “You know why? Because my son was supposed to have a picture with him. So, it’s the first time. He told me, 'Ma, can I watch the concert?'
“[And I said] 'Yeah, go ahead, with your friends.'
“He wanted to have a picture with Vhong, but then, that time, Vhong was kinda sick. He wasn’t feeling well.”
When the show ended, everyone who was part of the concert appeared for the curtain call.
At this point, it’s not yet clear just who’s telling the truth, but we hope that justice ultimately prevails.
(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)