DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 30 May) – A Filipino court has convicted a father to serve jail time for life after he was found guilty of raping his daughter in the southern Philippines.
Judge Pelagio Paguican, of the Regional Trial Court Branch 12, handed down the decision and ordered the man, Juanito Jayin, a construction worker, to compensate her 16-year old daughter with some P125,000 in damages.
The girl was she was sexually abused by her father in 2003 and hid the crime for fear that she would be killed.
She said her father poked a knife at her throat and threatened to kill her if she would not undress and have sex with him. She was raped inside their own house.
She eventually told her mother about the rape and went to the police to tell her harrowing ordeal from a man of her own blood and flesh.
The father has repeatedly denied the charges, saying, it was all made up by his wife after years of quarrel over family matters.
The judge said the victim's testimony was straightforward and more credible than her father. “The prosecution was able to convincingly prove the guilt of the accused in the case,” he said. (Romy Bwaga)