Councilor in Laguna accused of rape yields

PILA, Laguna – A municipal councilor of Santa Cruz, Laguna accused of rape surrendered to the police here on Wednesday, May 31.

Police identified the suspect as Mark Anthony Joven, 41.

Joven was accompanied by his lawyer after an alleged warrant of arrest was issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 27 in Santa Cruz, Laguna on May 10.

After verification with the e-warrant system, it was found out that the accused has two unserved warrants of arrest for the crime of rape with criminal case number SC-30954 dated May 10 and three counts of rape through sexual assault with criminal case numbers SC-30955, 30956, and 30957 dated May 10 issued by Judge Mary Grace S. Bonsol-Cabal, acting presiding judge of RTC Branch 27.

He was later taken into custody.

The court did not recommend bail in the first rape case. But in the second case, the court recommended a bail of P120,000 for each count.

Joven is detained at the custodial facility of the Pila Municipal Police Station.