Payo farmer pleads guilty to 1 of six counts of rape
Panganiban, Catanduanes  ·  
posted 30-Sep-2018  ·  
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A farmer from Panganiban recently arrested in Laguna province where he fled after being accused of six counts of rape has pleaded guilty to just one count following an agreement with the complainant.

The Regional Trial Court sentenced Honesto Gianan Turado, 63, to a straight penalty of six  years imprisonment for only one count and to pay the civil liability of P20,000.00.

RTC Branch 42 Acting Presiding Judge Lelu P. Contreras issued the judgment after the Court wasd informed that the private complainant and the daughter of the accused expressed their wish to have the cases terminated expeditiously.

With the consent of Prosecutor Louie Guerrero, the Court also allowed Turado to post a cash bond of P2,000.00 pending the processing of the petition for probation by the defense counsel, Atty. Tito Tonio III. However, Judge Contreras stated that the accused will not be released from detention until there is proof of payment of the P20,000.00 civil liability.

Last March 3, 2018, Turado, a native of barangay Taopon, was collared by joint elements of Magdalena police station in Laguna and the Laguna provincial police office led by SPO1 Alben Vergara together with Chief Inspector Arthur Tagtag Jr. of the 1st Catanduanes Provincial Mobile Force Company, Senior Inspector Jesse Allan Go, PO3 Marlon Matienzo, PO3 John Vargas, PO1 Jonathan Colinares, all of Bagamanoc MPS, and PO1 Ralph Anthony Gomez of Panganiban MPS, in barangay Burlungan in Laguna.

Earlier tagged as the No. 5 Most Wanted Person in Panganiban, Turado was apprehended by virtue of the warrant of arrest issued by then Presiding Judge Genie Gapas-Agbada of RTC Branch 42 for the six separate rape cases filed against him, with no bail recommended.

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