2 accused of rape plead guilty to lesser offenses
posted 3-Nov-2019  ·  
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Two men charged separately with rape avoided heavier penalties by entering into plea bargain agreements with the victims last week.

Ronnie Davin Nazareno was charged with three counts of rape before the Regional Trial Court and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

But before the Court could hear the case on the merits, the prosecution and the defense agreed on a plea bargain, with Nazareno pleading guilty to the lesser offense of three counts of sexual assault and to pay the private complainant moral damages of P30,000 for each crime.

Subsequently, RTC Branch 43 Presiding Judge Genie G. Gapas-Agbada sentenced him to three separate prison terms, ranging from six years as minimum to eight years and one day as maximum, and to pay the complainant a total of P90,000 as moral damages.

In the other case, Bryan Broqueza Beltran, charged with raping a relative in Viga town, pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of acts of lasciviousness under a plea bargain agreement in which the private complainant waived the civil liability of the accused.

The same Court sentenced him to a prison term ranging from six months as minimum to two years, four months and one day as maximum.

In both decision rendered on Oct. 18, 2019, Judge Gapas-Agbada approved the plea bargain agreements after finding them to be not contrary to laws, morals, good customs, public order and public policy.

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