A RAPE complaint was filed against world-rated boxer Albert Pagara before the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office on Friday, September 3, 2021.
The pugilist, known by his moniker “Prince,” was still in the detention cell of Pardo Police Station on Monday, September 6, as he was waiting for an order that would transfer him to Cebu City Jail in Barangay Kalunasan, said Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, deputy director for operation of the Cebu City Police Office.
This means that Pagara, 27, waived off his right to preliminary investigation during the inquest proceeding before the prosecutor.
Pagara was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, September 1, after he allegedly molested a 14-year-old girl, his neighbor in Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City.
Parilla said Pagara’s lawyer has made a move to allow the boxer to post bail.
After hearing the report that Pagara tried to take his life inside the detention cell, Parilla instructed the Pardo police chief to monitor the boxer.
However, the Pardo police chief, Maj. Angelo Acupinpin, belied the reports that Pagara tried to take his own life. Acupinpin said he interviewed the jailer after reading the story, and the jailer told him that there was no such suicide attempt happened inside the detention cell.
The police official could not tell by Pagara’s face that the boxer was sad about his predicament.
Pagara, said Acupinpin, has been responsive to the questions of the police since his arrest. The boxer also talked to his relatives who visited him. (AYB/KAL)
Editor’s note: The story published earlier saying Pagara was released from jail was replaced with this updated report. Pagara, as of this posting, is still in his detention cell, not released as reported earlier. Our apologies for the mistake.