Man who impregnated his first cousin arrested

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Saturday, July 19, 2014


POLICE rescued a 15-year-old girl and arrested her 34-year-old first cousin on Friday in the mountain barangay of Kaluangan, Asturias, Cebu.

SPO3 Dennis Nocos, investigator of Asturias Police Station, said the girl is one-month pregnant with the baby of Narciso Papaya (not his real name).

The rescue came after the girl’s father, who is Papaya’s uncle, sought police help after the couple was sighted in Kaluangan.

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They eloped last June 18 after rumors of their affair spread.

A police team led by Nocos, together with members of the Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWD), arrived in the barangay around 12 p.m.

They came upon the couple making charcoal, which was their source of livelihood.
Police took the girl, while Papaya didn’t resist arrest.

Nocos, when interviewed by Sun.Star Cebu, said the barangay captain of Kaluangan told the girl’s father of their whereabouts. (The girl’s father is an official of a neighboring barangay.)

Consented abduction

The couple lived in a hut owned by Papaya’s relative and far from neighbors. To reach the site, police had to walk for several hours.

Nocos said the girl and Papaya, a bachelor, reportedly grew close while living in Barangay Tagbubunga.

“They became a couple last March. They live next to each other that’s probably how their relationship developed,” he said after interviewing the girl.

Police will file a complaint of consented abduction against Papaya before the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor’s Office on Monday.

Under Article 343 of the Revised Penal Code, the abduction of a virgin over 12 years and under 18 years of age, carried out with her consent and with lewd designs, shall be punished by the penalty of prision correccional in its minimum and medium periods.

Nocos said the girl was turned over to the custody of DSWD and will undergo a medical examination in the pink room of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.

At the police station where Papaya was detained, he said the girl kept on crying and asked them to release her cousin.

“We told her family to put her on suicide watch,” Nocos said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 20, 2014.

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