The Court of Appeals (CA) has junked a petition of comedian and television host Ferdinand “Vhong” Navarro who assailed the decision of the Taguig City Regional Trial Court (RTC) that dismissed the grave coercion case he filed against Sajed Fernandez, alias Jed Fernandez.
The RTC reversed a decision of the Metropolitan Trial Court (MeTC) which found Fernandez guilty of grave coercion and imposed a prison term of six months to three years.
The grave coercion case was related to the incident on Jan. 22, 2014 in involving Navarro and the group of Deniece Millinette Cornejo, Ceric Cua Lee, Bernice Lee, Simeon Palma Raz Jr., Jose Paolo Gregorio Calma, Fernandez, and Ferdinand Guerrero.
Navarro claimed he was “brutalized” by the Cornejo’s group at the latter’s condominium unit in Taguig City. He alleged he was hogtied, blindfolded, gagged, beaten up, kicked, threatened with a gun was pointed at him, humiliated as his private parts were videotaped, and coerced to confess that he raped Cornejo.
The TV host also claimed he was brought by Cornejo’s group to the Southern Police District where he signed the police blotter under threat and intimidation employed by the group of Cornejo.