2 rape suspects arrested in Cebu

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AT LEAST two rape suspects were arrested in two separate operations conducted in Cebu in two days.

First to fall was a certain Mario Baquelta, 29, married, of Consolacion town, northern Cebu, on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

Operatives of Criminal Investigation Detection Group (CIDG) Provincial Field Unit Police headed by Lieutenant Colonel Hector Amancia, together with the personnel of the Regional Intelligence Unit, served the six warrants of arrest issued by Judge Esther Veloso of Regional Trial Court Branch 6 on March 6, 2020 against Baquelta in his residence in Barangay Jugan, Consolacion.

Baquelta's case stemmed from the complaint of their househelp Ashley (real name withheld), who accused the former of raping her when she was 25 years old.

Ashley, now 27 years old, lodged her complaint to the Mabolo police, who then filed a case against the suspect.

Baquelta immediately fled, but was later traced by the police.

The suspect admitted during police interrogation that he always got drunk previously, especially during the time mentioned by the victim when the rape incident occurred, but denied the accusations against him.

Baquelta has been placed as number 1 most wanted person in Cebu province due to the incident.

The other rape suspect who has been identified as the number 7 most wanted person in Cebu was nabbed the following day, September 21, 2022, for allegedly raping his stepdaughter Maria (not her real name) in Carcar City, southern Cebu.

The CIDG Cebu operatives headed by Police Major Nazareno Emia, together with Carcar City Police Station and 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company of the Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO), served the warrant of arrest against the suspect only identified as Juan, 48, at 9:20 a.m. in his residence in Barangay Perrelos, Carcar.

Juan is facing two counts of rape charges, of which one is bailable for P120,000, while the other has no bail recommended.

The warrant was issued by Judge Joy Bracero Redoble of Carcar City Branch 77.

Emia said that based on the accounts of Jean, the live-in partner of her mom took advantage of her in October last year and succeeded in raping her at the house of the suspect.

The victim said she then asked the help of her real father, who accompanied her to the police station to report the incident. (BBT, TPT)