Bianca Lapus defends Vhong Navarro

Actor Vhong Navarro before he took his oath at the Department of Justice, where he filed a complaint against Cedric Lee and company. PHOTO BY RITCHIE TONGO/EPA (European Pressphoto Agency)

Vhong Navarro's former wife, actress Bianca Lapus, is openly contradicting former beauty pageant contestant Roxanne Acosta Cabanero’s claims that the actor-TV host raped her on April 24, 2010 in Pasig City.

On Friday, February 21, Bianca posted a photo on Instagram which showed a poster of  Vice Ganda and Vhong's show dubbed "May Nag Txt, May Show Ako." The show, set in Island Cove resort in Cavite, was scheduled on April 24, 2010. 

Below the poster is a screenshot of singer Kean Cipriano's tweet, which he posted on April 25, 2010 at 2:20 am. Kean said that he just "got home from Island Cove" and congratulated Vice Ganda and Vhong.

Bianca’s photo caption said, "Need I say more? April 24, 2010 8pm onwards island cove cavite."

Roxanne’s story

Roxanne claims she met Vhong when she appeared as guest in "Showtime" in 2010. She and fellow contestants were then promoting a beauty pageant. Roxanane said   Vhong invited her for  coffee and was surprised when he allegedly took her to a secluded place and raped her.

"Naginvite siya sa akin lumabas. He picked me up, sabi niya sa akin, 'Let's go somewhere private' and I was shocked. I was like, 'What? I thought we're gonna have coffee.' Kinabahan na ako. He pulled off the car and started doing what he was doing. He threatened me, takot ako. He violated me. It was the most horrific moment of my life," Roxanne told TV Patrol on Friday, February 22.

She added, "He violated me. He raped me. And that's something I want to fight now. This is going to be really tough."

Roxanne denied speculations that she was paid by businessman Cedric Lee, against whom Vhong filed multiple charges in connection with a mauling incident at a condominium unit at The Fort. Roxanne added that she doesn’t know Cedric and his camp. She explained that Deniece Cornejo’s decision of filing a rape complaint against Vhong inspired her (Roxanne) to come out and seek justice for herself.

"I've been living in fear for four years. Pagod na akong matakot," Roxanne said.