Indiscreet lapses occur when temptation surfaces, as in adhering to the adage, “Grain that comes to the rooster’s beak would get picked” (Palay na lumapit sa manok, tutukain). The problem is, the “grain,” referring to Deniece Cornejo, is already owned by “rooster 2,” Cedric Lee. “Rooster 2,” saw the intimate dalliance of his “grain” on this “rooster 1,” Vhong Navarro. It was on video from the cameras “Rooster 2” installed on the condo unit he rented out for his “grain”. Felt like being pooed on by “rooster 1”, “Rooster 2 thought of giving “rooster 1” a lesson for stepping on somebody’s property. So the mauling incident occurred. Since this “rooster 1” is a celebrity, the mauling event exploded and became viral on all the media networks, and it seems the whole nation get involved. Good riddance for P-Noy because P-Noy’s bashers had been sidestepped on the background for now.
The mauling incident turned out like a molehill that becomes a mountain. New revelations unfolded everyday as the battle rages on between “rooster 1, and rooster 2.” The “grain,” Deniece Cornejo, the object of their battle, being under the spell of the “rooster 2” both of them are resolute on their concocted initial stand. They thought Vhong, being a celebrity, has a family, kids and career to protect; rape scandal would surely destroy Vhong. Therefore, the aces are on their sleeves for Vhong to accede to whatever they asked: Be quiet, and pay the cost of the damages incurred while Cedric Lee’s gang beat Vhong to the pulp.
But mauling is mauling. It is against the law. And you can’t do it with impunity to someone whatever lapses that came out of one’s indiscretion. Vhong ratcheted up the ante, giving sleazy hot details of how the “grain” made out with him. CCTV Footages with time stamped, surfaces. Most of the media entities are of the opinion that Vhong’s statement is credible than that of the “grain” and “Rooster 2”. As extortion angle played up, for “Rooster 2” defense, he said, in effect, he doesn’t need to extort money, as he is rich. BIR Commissioner, Kim Henares heard his quote, and “Rooster 2” became a potential target for tax probe. “Rooster 2’s” past shady deals as a businessman, also sprang up. The public is now scrutinizing “Rooster 2” for everything.
Vhong still can be considered lucky. True to form, physically, he was given a big lesson, but as his indiscreet lapses happened in the Philippines, it can be dismissed as petty. Sex videos of other celebrities proliferated on the internet, like that of Chito Miranda of “Parokya ni Edgar” and his girlfriend Neri Naig. Wally Bayola of “Eat Bulaga” TV show with Yosh Rivera, and Vic Sotto, who sired several of his lady co-host in “Eat Bulaga” noon time show. These kinds of indiscreet lapses had become common. So for Vhong, it wouldn’t affect much his TV or movie career. He was separated from his wife, he has another girlfriend, and his children could probably dismiss the shame in a short run, and he is not a politician with a reputation and image to protect for election. And neither would his income be affected.
Compared to other celebrities who had indiscreet lapses, like Bill Clinton with his “tobacco” shame on Monica Lewinski. Tiger Woods whose marriage has ended because he had a mistress. Sen. John Edwards when he had an affair with his videographer campaign manager, or Arnold Schwarzenegger, who fathered a child from previous housekeeper, or Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) who had a sex scandal on the New York Hotel’s maid. These celebrities have the reputation, dignity and income to protect.
Indiscreet lapses is not a crime, mauling with conspiracy is. Therefore, the onus rest on two characters involved: to “grain,” Deniece Cornejo and to “Rooster 2,” Cedric Lee.