Vol. XX No. 99

December 6, 2000

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Bgy. kagawad wanted for rape of girl, 13

A barangay councilor in Caramoran is being hunted by authorities after he was accused by a 13-year old girl of luring her to his store and then sexually abusing her twice three months ago.

In its report to PNP provincial director Supt. Rolando O. Gonzales, Caramoran police identified the suspect as barangay kagawad Tito Collantes, of legal age and resident of barangay Iyao.

According to the victim, sometime in August this year she was offered a piece of santol fruit by Collantes, who suddenly grabbed her inside his sari-sari store. Inside, he forcibly removed her panty and raped her twice, doing lewd designs on her against her will.

A medico-legal examination at the Pandan district hospital reportedly confirmed that the girl was sexually abused. The suspect reportedly fled and is now being hunted by police.

In another development, Virac policemen recovered more than 300 board feet of "abandoned" lumber in an operation in barangay Bigaa.

A team composed of deputy police chief Insp. Rosita S. Vargas, SPO4 Romeo Vargas, SPO1 Manuel Sorra, SPO1 Nicolas Tacorda, and SPO1 Roger Masagca confiscated the 29 pieces of 2x2x10 lumber allegedly abandoned in Bigaa at about 7:30 P.M. of November 27.

The lumber, with an approximate volume of 278 board feet valued at P5,500, was taken to police headquarters. An hour later, another team seized five pieces of 2x6x12 lumber also `abandoned' in the same area.




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