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Cops begin probe on Vhong Navarro mauling incident

By Mike Frialde

MANILA, Philippines - The Taguig City Police have started a probe on the alleged mauling of actor Vhong Navarro inside a condominium unit at the Fort in the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) on Wednesday night.

According to Taguig Police chief, Sr. Supt. Arthur Felix Asis, their investigation is relying mainly on informal sources for information as Navarro has yet to file a formal complaint with the police.

“We are investigating this because this is a crime that happened in the city. We are however asking that he (Navarro) help us shed light on what happened,” said Asis.

Asis said they are puzzled why Navarro did not report the incident to police and did not seek police assistance immediately after the alleged mauling incident.

On Friday, Navarro’s manager, Director Chito Roño said in a statement that the actor was invited by a female friend to visit her in a condominium in The Fort Wednesday night.

When Navarro was inside the condominium unit, a group of unidentified men allegedly mauled him, blindfolded him and tied him up. The men then allegedly threatened him and even extorted money from him.

Roño added that owing to injuries the host sustained,  Navarro will not be seen on his regular noontime show “It’s Showtime” and other projects, and might even undergo an operation.