• ‘Not Guilty’ – Batangas Mayor

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    Mataas na Kahoy (Batangas) Mayor Jay Manalo Ilagan on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and human trafficking filed against him by a 19-year-old girl in Tacloban City. Ilagan, escorted by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents and his lawyers, entered the plea before Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Clinton James Nuevo. He surrendered to the NBI in Manila on Monday after more than a year of hiding. The case stemmed from complaint of Christine Villa, who claimed Ilagan assured her of work in a parlor he was to open in Tacloban in 2013.

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