Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Atty. Raymond Fortun resigns as spokesman to Cedric Lee

Raymond Fortun has resigned as spokesman to Cedric Lee and Deniece Cornejo, the ones whoe accused Vhong Navarro of rape and involved in mauling of the tv host/actor a month ago.

Raymond Fortun Cedric Lee

Raymond Fortun has resigned as spokesman to Cedric Lee and Deniece Cornejo, the ones whoe accused Vhong Navarro of rape and involved in mauling of the tv  host/actor a month ago.

Fortun had only been signed on as Lee's spokesman for 12 days, before he decided to resign because of a breach in their agreement, as well as public backlash he said he and his clients received.

The lawyer cited the incident of Cornejo granting an interview to media regarding the CCTV video where she and Lee was seen kissing/necking inside the elevator.

In a letter addressed to Lee, released by Buzz ng Bayan on Sunday, February 16, Fortun, said Lee’s party breached one of their agreements when Cornejo aired a statement without the approval of their legal counsel or spokesman.

The letter is published below.

Dear Cedric,

I had been engaged as your spokesman with the objective of being the media’s contact person in all legal as well as factual issues as may be consistent with the thrust of your legal counsels. In this regard, I had faithfully complied with this mandate for the past 12 days, even at peril to my own reputation as a lawyer.

Together with this mandate was an agreement that no statements shall by anybody from your group without the consent/approval of your counsels and/or spokesman. This has been breached last night.

My personal desire to help you notwithstanding the adverse publicity that you have been receiving is precisely to educate the public on the need to temper their emotions in light of your Constitutional rights to due process, to counsel of your choice, to present a valid and lawful defense, and to confront your accusers in the proper legal setting.

The past several days had made me realize that this country is NOT YET READY to accept these legal concepts, to which I squarely lay the blame on inaccurate reportage and the unprofessional actions of certain law enforcement agencies. That being the case and for the earlier reason mentioned, and in light of my inability to perform the functions for which I was hired, I regret that I must resign as your spokesman effective immediately.

Nonetheless, and in light of the lessons I have learned during my short stint as your spokesman, I will henceforth be devoting some of my time to: (i) ask congressmen to enact legislation so that ALL PERSONS who MAY be facing criminal prosecution be duly informed of their rights (e.g. to remain silent, to the presence of a lawyer etc.) before they are interviewed by TV networks.

People accused of crimes also have rights which need to be protected against media frenzy and unfair pre-judgments; and (ii) ask the Supreme Court to resolve the issues in respect of the Constitutionality of the Anti-Cybercrime Law, in order to address the matter of cyber-libels against Filipino citizens. People do have the right to express their opinions about issues, but such freedom does not grant a license to bully, hurl invectives or otherwise destroy one’s reputation without factual basis.

I wish you all the best in your case, and may justice prevail.

Very truly yours,

Raymond Fortun



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