MANILA, Philippines – The lawyer of Vhong Navarro’s alleged rape victim, the second to come forward in a month, explained why it took almost four years for his client to file the rape complaint against the actor-comedian.
The complainant, whose name was initially withheld in her complaint affidavit, is finally identified by her lawyer as Roxanne Cabañero Acosta, 24 years old, a perennial contestant in several beauty contests, and is the second woman to accuse Navarro of sexual assault after Deniece Cornejo.
Lawyer Virgilio Batalla explained over a radio interview why it took a long time for the victim to come out and file the rape case, which allegedly took place on April 24, 2010, as claimed by Acosta in her sworn statement.
A rape case, according to Batalla, has a statute of limitation of 20 years, and there were several instances before that the Supreme Court has heard cases where the victim waited a long time before filing the complaint. (Click here to read more)