It’s a sad day for fans of the ABS-CBN “It’s Showtime!” segment Tawag ng Tanghalan as grand champion 22-year-old Noven Belleza was arrested for an alleged r*pe case.
In a phone call with PEP.ph, Chief Inspector Jacinto Mandal Jr., head of the Mabolo Police Station in Cebu City confirmed this news.
According to Mandal:
“Actually, I cannot expound about this case because this is considered as a private crime.
“I cannot divulge you the name of the victim.
"Kilala mo na naman ang suspect, pero I cannot give you the specifics."
Reports say that Noven Belleza was arrested for an alleged r*pe complaint while he was at a private hospital for chest pains. Now the singer is currently under hospital arrest.
The Mabolo Police chief also said that he was currently facing the victim and the parents during the phone call – and that they intend to file a formal complaint against the TnT champion.
The news report also broke in the Cebu daily newspaper The Freeman.
According to The Freeman report, “a singer” was arrested in the early hours of Sunday, July 16 at the IEC Pavillion, Barangay Mabolo, after he guest starred in a concert of a popular noontime singer-host.
The papers were referring to the Pusuan Mo si Vice Ganda sa Cebu concert where Noven was a guest.
The Freeman chose not to reveal names because the court complaint had yet to be filed against the champion.
It did however reveal that the victim was a 19-year-old local performer in Cebu. In addition the report says the sexual assault occurred at 2AM in the morning of Saturday, July 15 at a condo unit located in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City.
The victim claims that he singing champ had struck her when she tried to stop him. She would reveal more details at court. The victim also expressed her shock and dismay because the two of them were apparently friends.
“Wala ko nag-expect nga iyaha nang buhaton nako kay buotan man gud kay na siya, pero dili sad ko mosugot nga sayon-sayonon rako niya,” the victim said.
("Hindi ko inakala na gawin niya yun sa akin dahil mabait siya, pero hindi rin ako papayag na tarantaduhin niya ako.”)
The victims’ parents said they will not accept an out-of-court settlement from the Noven.
According to the victim’s father: “Dili mi gusto nga duna pa siya’y laing mabiktima maong tinud-on gyud namo siya og kiha para makakuha mi og hustisya sa nahitabo sa among anak.” (“Hindi kami papayag na magkaroon pa siya ng ibang biktima kaya itutuloy namin ang aming reklamo sa korte para makakuha kami ng hustisya sa ginawa niya sa aming anak.”)
It’s Showtime has yet to release a statement concerning these events.
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