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Psychologist interprets CCTV, interview gestures of Vhong Navarro, Cedric Lee, and Deniece Cornejo

Psychologist on Cedric Lee's knuckle flexing CCTV video inside the elevator: 'As if parang naghahanda siya'

Maureen Marie Belmonte

Twitter: @MissHappyWriter


02/03/2014 01:13 AM
Psychologist interprets CCTV, interview gestures of Vhong Navarro, Cedric Lee, and Deniece Cornejo
020314-psych_main.pngIn aid with the ongoing investigation of actor-host Vhong Navarro’s attack, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) released on Wednesday the footage taken by the closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) of Forbeswood Heights Condominium in Taguig City on January 22 when he was mauled by a group of men led by Cedric Lee.

The footages taken by the CCTV cameras at the condo’s main gate, lobby, and elevator showed the moment when Vhong arrived at the venue down to the time when he was taken out to go to the police station.

Copies and snippets of the CCTV footage have already gone viral and on Sunday, Buzz ng Bayan showed it as well as Vhong, Cedric, and Deniece’s previous tell-all interviews for analysis to Dr. Maricar Fajardo, a cognitive and development psychologist.
During Vhong’s tell-all interview wherein he tearfully revealed that he’s fearing for his and his loved ones lives, the psychologist surmised that the incident was “napaka-fresh ng experience niya and very traumatic at nararamdaman niya talaga kung gaano kabigat talaga ‘yung nangyari sakanya.”

According to Vhong, Cedric’s camp extorted money from him for the “damage” that he has inflicted on Deniece.
“Makikita natin ‘yung mata niya habang nagsasalita siya nag-ga-gaze from left to right and many times humarap sa right ‘yung mata niya. It’s a body language that shows that he’s trying to recall the events that had happened to him,” she began.
According to Dr. Fajardo, “When you’re looking at the right up ibig sabihin nu’n you’re recalling events that have happened in the past. If you’re looking at the left upper, it means you’re constructing a story. Gumagawa ka or nagke-create ka ng kwento sa isip mo. Hindi ‘yun nangyari in the past.”

This week, Cedric and Deniece likewise gave their own accounts of what happened via interviews and one of the latter’s most powerful claims is one that: “Kung meron mang inosente at biktima dito walang ng iba kundi ako.”
To this Dr. Fajardo noticed the odd raising of her left eyebrow which she says “conveys dishonesty” because “Hindi parating kaya ng isang tao na magtaas ng isa lang ng hindi sabay.”

She also noted the way how slow Deniece’s talks, “Nagpo-pause siya at hindi tuloy tuloy, so ang ibig sabihin nu’n based on previous studies of language and speech, pinagiisipan niya kung ano ‘yung sasabihin niya.”

Cedric for his, according to the body language interpreter, displayed “tension” during his interview.

“If you notice ‘yung body posture niya, ‘yung body niya is leaning to one side, it signifies tension. He’s very tensed. He’s not confident about what he’s saying. When it comes to the manner of speaking, he’s very continuous. Although mapapansin mong titingin siya doon sa ibang tao na nasa loob ng kwarto as if to ask for confirmation,” said she.

Meanwhile, as for the CCTV footages, there have been many scenes where Deniece appeared but she singled out the one which showed the 22-year-old model after she was supposedly raped by Vhong and while inside the elevator.

“She seemed to giggle, she was fixing herself a little bit that shows a sign of confidence as well. Now about the putting of the hands in the mouth, it’s almost as if she was trying to conceal something. Parang something excited her,” she said.

As for Cedric, whose scene on the elevator showed him flexing his knuckles, she said made him appear “very confident.” 
“He was walking upright. It was a very self-confident stance.  But ‘yung body language niya, he’s very fidgety and he was flexing his knuckles as if parang naghahanda siya,” she added.

When it came to the scene wherein Vhong was brought inside the elevator with around 6 men, Cedrice as well as Deniece, Fajardo noted that the latter rather appeared “gloomy.”

She explained, “If you noticed she entered the elevator not facing that way, pumasok siya paatras. It’s as if she doesn’t want to see Vhong or the people inside the elevator. She’s probably trying to distract the reality of what happened. Parang gloomy siya eh, nakatingin siya sa baba. Parang nag-iisip siya na parang confused.”