2 arrested for rape of daughter, heist-A A +A
Monday, January 27, 2014
TWO were arrested, including one of Cebu City Police Office’s (CCPO) most wanted persons, in separate operations of the City Intelligence Branch (CIB).
At 12:50 p.m. last Sunday, elements of the CIB and the Pardo police served a warrant of arrest against Elmer Abella Sr., 50.
Abella was accused of raping his eldest daughter almost 20 years ago.
Chief Insp. Reycel Carmelo Dayon of the CCPO, who presented the suspect to the media yesterday, said the warrant of arrest was issued in 1998 by Judge Olegario Sarmiento Sr. of the RTC Branch 24.
Dayon said that Abella, who used to live in Pardo, transferred to Toledo City and stayed there for almost 16 years. He said they learned the whereabouts of Abella from an unidentified informant.
He said Abella had a bounty worth P150,000 since he is the ninth in the list of the top ten most wanted persons in Cebu City.
Abella declined to comment on his pending rape case.
He said he did not hide in Toledo since he worked as a traffic aide under the Toledo City Government.
“Wala lang siguro ni mabantayi sa Toledo City na usa siya sa most wanted diri sa Cebu City,” said Dayon.
Abella said he left his wife, who is the mother of the alleged raped victim, and had another wife in Toledo City with three kids.
In the complainant’s affidavit, she alleged that she was raped by Abella when she was 13 years old.
Abella is currently detained in the CCPO stockade.
In a separate incident, an alleged holdupper was also arrested by the CIB in an operation in Sitio Villa Bulsita, Barangay Pardo, Cebu City on Saturday night.
Seized from suspect Rojie Dela Peña, 32, were a caliber .45 pistol with six live ammunitions, a .38 gun with six live ammunition and 19 assorted identification cards and ATM cards.
Dayon said that Dela Peña was allegedly involved in a series of robbery-holdup incidents in Bulacao Pardo and Talisay City.
He was also allegedly a gun-for-hire, but this will still be verified by the operatives.
Dela Peña, in an interview, denied his involvement in the holdup incidents, but admitted that he was bringing the confiscated firearms to sell these.
He is currently detained in the CCPO stockade while waiting for charges against him.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 28, 2014.