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PHILIPPINES: Pastor nabbed for raping househelp

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A pastor of a Christian organization who was allegedly accused of molesting and raping his househelper was arrested in a follow-up operation by Mandaluyong City police Wednesday morning.

SPO3 Jose Drexell Molina, OIC of the Warrant and Subpoena Section of the Mandaluyong City police, identified the suspect as Anthony Arsilon, 53, of 273 T. Bernardo St., Bgy. Hagdan Bato Itaas, Mandaluyong City.

Arsilon, a pastor of the Divine Endeavors Organization (DEO) based in Quezon City and a mechanical engineering graduate, was nabbed by Molina and his men, SPO3s Romeo Rico and Ronald De Castro, in his house around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The suspect’s arrest was made on the strength of a warrant for acts of lasciviousness issued  by Judge Flordeliza M. Silao of the Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 60.

Another warrant for rape was issued by Judge Rizalina Capco-Umali of the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court Branch 212.

Molina said the case against Arsilon stemmed from a complaint filed by his housemaid Jonalyn dela Cruz, 20.

Investigators said the incident occurred in October and November 2011 inside the house of the suspect.

Police said the rape and sexual advances were consummated when the wife of the suspect was out of the house and only the victim was left to take care of his children.

FILIPINO: “Kapag wala daw ’yung ate n’ya at pinatutulog ’yung bata ng maid, pinapasok daw nu’ng suspek ’yung biktima at ginagawan ng panghahalay at pangmomolestiya. Nu’ng hindi na matiis ay nagreklamo na ’yung biktima sa among babae,” Molina told People’s Tonight.

The wife of the suspect allegedly helped the victim to file a complaint against the suspect.

In an interview, however, Arsilon denied the accusations, saying his wife was only jealous and trying to make a story against him.

The court recommended no bail for rape while a Php12,000 bail was recommended for acts of lasciviousness against Arsilon.

The pastor was detained at the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Mandaluyong City Police Station.

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