Pastor Nabbed in Negros Occ for Alleged Rape of Three Daughters

By Romeo Subaldo

November 17, 2008

A pastor from Ilog town in Negros Occidental is back in prison after he was rearrested this weekend.

April of this year when "Bert", not his real name, was arrested by Ilog town’s police after his three daughters told the police they were abused by their own father.

The pastor was freed due to the late filing of rape charges.

However, last week the Kabankalan Regional Trial Court under Judge Henry Arles released a warrant of arrest for "Bert" for two counts of rape, two counts of attempted rape and two counts of acts of lasciviousness filed by his three daughter aged 23, 18 and 15.

Despite his arrest the pastor still denied the allegations. According to “Bert”, his children were making stories because he had scolded them.

"They were angry with me because I have scolded them in the past, maybe they were just having personal problems… I can never do such thing to my children."

Senior Inspector Gabriel Gutierrez, Ilog police chief, said that the pastor may have to stay in prison this time since his rape cases have no bail recommended while the bail for each count of the alleged acts of lasciviousness was set at P200,000.


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