Cabbie faces raps for rape try on passenger

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Sunday, January 12, 2014


POLICE are set to file charges against a taxi driver who tried to rape his lady passenger at a motel on Cabaguio Avenue in Davao City on Wednesday.

Facing charges for attempted rape is Marvin Balantucas, a 31-year-old taxi driver and a resident of Barangay Communal, Buhangin.

Balantucas will be charged after trying to rape Gemma (not her real name) of Digos City.

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Sta. Ana Police Station chief Caezar Cabuhat, in text messages to Sun.Star Davao, said the incident happened around 10:30 p.m.

The suspect fetched the victim, who had just arrived from Digos City, at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT). Gemma boarded the taxi with plate number LWY602 and body number 79 driven by Balantucas. The victim told the suspect to take her to the airport.

The suspect, however, went straight to the motel. From there, the suspect alighted from the taxi and grabbed the victim by the hand forcing the latter to go inside a room.

The victim managed to escape and sought help from a security guard of the motel while the suspect boarded his taxi and fled.

Police conducted a manhunt operation, which resulted in the arrest of Balantucas at Nova Tierra Village in Lanang around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

The suspect is currently detained at the Sta. Ana Police Station while police are awaiting for the affidavit of the victim.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 13, 2014.

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