MANILA, Philippines – “Tawag ng Tanghalan” grand champion Noven Belleza has reportedly been arrested in Cebu for raping a female singer.
Police Chief Inspector Jacinto Mandal, chief of Mabolo Police Station, confirmed Belleza’s arrest but refused to divulge details of the incident or the identity of the victim.
“Actually, I cannot expound about this case because this is considered as a private crime. I cannot divulge you the name of the victim,” Mandal told PEP.ph
“Kilala mo na naman ang suspect [You know the suspect], pero [but] I cannot give you the specifics,” the official said.
The Freeman said the victim was a 19-year-old local singer. She claimed Belleza raped her inside a condominium unit in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City where the former stayed during his stint as a guest performer at “Pusuan Mo si Vice Ganda sa Cebu”.
The incident allegedly happened last Saturday, July 15. Belleza was arrested the next day.
The victim further claimed the first-ever “Tawag” champion physically abused her during the attack.
Meanwhile, Belleza was reportedly rushed to the hospital after complaining of chest pain after the arrest.
He is currently under hospital arrest while rape charges have been filed before the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office.