Driver gets 120 years
for raping half-sisters
BY CARLA GOMEZ
A 40-year-old public utility driver was sentenced yesterday to 120 years imprisonment for raping his two minor half-sisters in Bacolod City.
Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 43 Judge Philadelfa Pagapong Agraviador found the driver, whose name is being withheld to protect the identities of his victims, guilty of rape, and sentenced him to reclusion perpetua on three counts, and to pay P150,000 in moral damages to his half-sisters.
Body of woman
killed by partner found
BY SHIELA GELERA
The body of a woman that was placed in a sack and buried in a slope in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, was discovered by her sibling, Sunday, while the suspect surrendered to the police at about 10 a.m. yesterday.
Mary Rose Gila, 33, who was reportedly missing on June 18, this year, was allegedly killed by her live-in partner. Her body was wrapped with plastic, and placed in a sack, Supt. Gerardo Ulanday, Cadiz City chief of police, said yesterday.
Amateurish. That was how a news report described the performance of government prosecutors during the initial presentation of evidence in the bail hearings for Senator Bong Revilla, a member of his legislative staff Richard Cambe and businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles who are accused of embezzling billions of pesos in public funds.
This is the country's biggest corruption case and yet the state's prosecutors were not only outclassed by the seasoned defense lawyers, they also tested the patience of the three justices of the Sandiganbayan First Division who were trying the case.
Division chair Efren dela Cruz and Associate Justice Rodolfo Ponferrada questioned the prosecutors' choice and sequencing of witnesses as well as their performance in extracting testimony from their witnesses. Before the defendant's lawyers argued her testimony as hearsay, Ponferrada questioned the decision to put Commission on Audit Assistant Commissioner Susan Garcia on the witness stand first when they should have started with the main protagonists of the case: whistleblowers Benhur Luy, Merlina Suñas and Marina Sula..
Three persons were killed in shooting incidents over the weekend in Dumaguete City.
Fatally shot was John Michael Fabillar, 27, and his live-in partner Debbie Mae Condura was injured while they were on a motorcycle on their way home to the Cadawinonan housing site at about 11 p.m. Sunday, police said.
The suspects, riding in tandem on a motorcycle, remain unidentified...