Ex-dad’s son rapes girl, 16, faces raps-A A +A
Monday, September 30, 2013
FOR allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl, the son of a former public official was charged by the Talisay City Prosecutor’s Office.
Associate Prosecutor Floralil Lucero-Albert found enough evidence to indict Benedict Frederick “Bedik” Go, 42, with rape, a violation under the Revised Penal Code.
No bail was set for the accused, whose case was resolved after he failed to submit his counter-affidavit.
Go is the son of a former Talisay City councilor. He was identified as Frederic Benedict in earlier reports.
He allegedly raped Sofia (real name withheld) inside a motel in Barangay Looc last June 20.
His alleged cohorts Jojo Gimarangan and Joey dela Cruz are already facing trial for violating Republic Act 8294, or illegal possession of firearms. A team from the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) of the Regional Intelligence Division (RID) arrested them.
Before the incident, Sofia said her cousin Mae (real name withheld) introduced her to Go for the first time last June 18. The accused allegedly introduced himself as John.
Sofia saw Mae exchange numbers with Go. Later that night, she read a text message from him inviting her cousin to go out with him.
Mae refused, saying she was busy washing clothes. She gave Sofia’s number to Go.
The victim was then instructed by her cousin to tell Go that the latter was already asleep.
“Then John and I exchanged text messages talking about my (Ate Mae) and using drugs. I let Ate Mae see his text messages and she told me what to reply,” said Sofia.
Mae told her to befriend Go, because she was planning to borrow money from him.
Last June 19, at 8 a.m., Mae sent a text message to Go, asking him if he still wanted to treat them. The three later met inside a mall in Naga City.
Afterwards, Go allegedly let Sofia ride in his vehicle and they went to Minglanilla. They proceeded to Pung-ol Sibugay, Cebu City.
In Pung-ol Sibugay, they went inside a house after they arrived at 11 p.m. Sofia saw Gimarangan and dela Cruz.
Sofia said she and Go went inside a room, where the latter allegedly sniffed drugs.
“He was taking drugs in front of me, but he told me never to take drugs,” she said.
They left the place and they went inside a videoke joint. They sang and drank some beer for two hours.
Go allegedly got a room on the upper floor in the same building and he allegedly raped Sofia.
After Go left the room, Sofia went outside. She met three men, who told her not to go because the accused was coming back.
Sofia said she told them she already texted Go that she was going home.
A traffic enforcer found her crying at the South Road Properties (SRP). He then brought Sofia to the Talisay City Police Station.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 30, 2013.