‘Rapist’ falls after hiding for 25 years

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A MAN wanted for rape in Masbate province has been caught in Rizal province after hiding for 25 years, Rizal provincial police said on Tuesday. Bernabe Balba, Rizal provincial police director, said the accused, identified as Pantaleon Beltran alias Jun, was arrested while he was buying cigarettes at a sari-sari (variety) store in Pililia town. Beltran, 51, was listed as the No. 10 most wanted in Masbate, according to Balba. He said the operation stemmed from the Pililia Police Station Operation Project “Pabili nga Po” where store owners are organized and encouraged to report crimes to the police and act as informants for wanted persons and other criminals.

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