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Police arrest cult leader accused of sex abuse

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POLICE arrested a 75-year-old cult leader for allegedly raping a young woman, and his common law wife for serving as his accomplice.

S/Sgt. Myla Tagorda said the primary suspect, Patronilo Magallon, was arrested in Mambajao town in Camiguin on Tuesday night based on a warrant issued by Judge Lichote Lao of the Regional Trial Court in Mambajao in connection with his rape and serious illegal detention cases.

Police said Magallon has been charged with six counts of rape and one count of serious illegal detention filed by a 21-year-old.

Tagorda of the Women and Children Protection Desk of the Mambajao police said Magallon and his common law wife Gloria Marimon were arrested in their house cum church in Barangay Anito in Mambajao.

Magallon is the leader of a religious cult in Mambajao called “Gamhanang Amahan” (Powerful Father).

The alleged victim accused the septuagenarian in her affidavit of sexually abusing her since she was 13 years old. Marimon was also accused of aiding Magallon.

The young woman, according to the police, had worked as a househelp for Magallon and Marimon.

“Amo sab siya nga gipasakaan sa kasong serious illegal detention kay  gikulong man sa maong suspect ang biktima. Dili niya pagawason sa iyang balay aron dili  makasumbong,” Tagorda said.


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