• SC affirms life sentence vs rapist uncle

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    THE Supreme Court (SC) upheld a lower court decision convicting a man to life imprisonment for raping his niece in Zamboanga City. SC Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta affirmed the ruling of the Court of Appeals (CA) dated February 27, 2013 which found accused-appellant Edgardo Perez guilty beyond reasonable doubt for rape, sentencing him to reclusion perpetua. Perez was charged on June 23, 2000 for the rape of his 13-year-old niece on January 3. In its March 17, 2016 ruling but was released to the media only recently, the SC also ordered Perez to pay the victim the amount of P30,000 as exemplary damages; P50,000 as civil indemnity; P50,000 as moral damages, interests per annum of all the damages awarded from the finality of decision until fully paid.

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