Nagpaliwanag si Deniece Cornejo kay Pangulong Noynoy Aquino, sa pamamagitan ng isang sulat, tungkol sa ginawa nilang salu-salo sa loob ng Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) sa Camp Crame noong June 1.
Nataon kasing ipinagdiwang ni Deniece ang kanyang ika-23 kaarawan noong araw na iyon.
Nagkaroon ng selebrasyon sa loob ng CIDG ang modelo kapiling ang kanyang mga kamag-anak.
Dumalaw rin noong araw na iyon si Roxanne Cabañero, na gaya ni Deniece ay nag-aakusa rin ng panggagahasa laban sa aktor na si Vhong Navarro.
“I’M STILL AN INNOCENT PERSON…” May mga kumuwestiyon kasi kung bakit hinayaang magkaroon ng selebrasyon si Deniece sa opisina ng CIDG gayong nakapiit ito.
Upang ipagtanggol ang kanyang sarili ay isang liham ang isinulat ni Deniece na naka-address kay President Aquino.
Sabi ng modelo, hindi pa naman siya convicted criminal at "family day" naman ang araw ng Linggo.
Sabi ni Deniece sa kanyang sulat kay PNoy, “I’m still an innocent person, even as I have been charged of serious illegal detention, as guaranteed by our Constitution.
"I feel I’m entitled to marking these important youthful dates of my life with my family, friends, and relatives who came all the way from America and provinces especially that I’m experiencing difficult times.
"With all due respect, I didn’t asked for any special treatment or privilege.
"All that I wanted was to hold a Sunday worship and thanksgiving since its Sunday and its family day." [sic]
Gusto rin daw ni Deniece na ang pastor mula sa kinabibilangan niyang Charismatic Community ay magpalaganap ng mga salita ng Diyos, at para na rin sa “spiritual enrichment of our lives.”
Dagdag pa niya, “I’m aware of my limitations and in fact I did not leave the premises of the CIDG.”
Lumabas ang sulat na pirmado ni Deniece sa Facebook page ng batikang mamahayag na si Tony Calvento.
Wala pang pahayag ang Malacañang tungkol sa sulat ni Deniece.
“MUCH ADO OVER NOTHING.” Sa ipinadalang statement sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ng abugado ni Deniece na si Atty. Ferdinand Topacio ngayong hapon, June 10, sinabi nilang “non-issue” ang pagkakaroon ng selebrasyon ng kanyang kilyente sa loob ng CIDG compound noong kaarawan nito.
Huwag din daw husgahan si Deniece dahil isa itong "biktima" at ayon sa ating Saligang Batas, “presumed innocent until proven guilty.”
Narito ang buong pahayag ni Atty. Topacio:
“The issue regarding the observance of the 23rd birthday of Ms. Deniece Cornejo last 01 June 2014 at the detention facilities of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police at Camp Crame, is a case of much ado over nothing.
“The said birthday fell on a Sunday, which coincided with the ‘Family Day’ for detention prisoners as practiced all over the country.
“Since it was Ms. Cornejo’s natal day, her close relatives and school friends visited her, and since the majority of her visitors belonged to Christian Ministries, there were group prayers conducted for and with Ms. Cornejo, as is practiced by the said religious denomination. Some visitors brought birthday cakes voluntarily, and one of Ms. Cornejo’s relatives brought some balloons.
“Some women who were victims of sexual violence similar to that alleged by Ms. Cornejo in her pending complaint against actor Vhong Navarro, such as Ms. Roxanne Cabanero, also arrived to offer prayers and support. That was the extent of the commemoration of her birthday, which was austere and spartan.
“It is therefore most unsporting and unchristian-like to blow the simple birthday of Ms. Cornejo out of proportion. No rules concerning her detention were violated, no special privileges were extended, and no untoward incidents were reported.
“We appeal to the public to respect the dignity and humanity of Ms. Cornejo who, we must remind everyone, is also a rape complainant and under the Constitution, presumed innocent.
“We must always hearken to the Biblical injunction regarding casting the first stone, not doing unto others what we do not want others to do unto us, and refraining from judging so that we may not be judged. Basic human decency requires no less.”