MANILA, Philippines – A Philippine court has sentenced a father to 14,400 years in prison after he was convicted of the near-daily rape of his teenage daughter over the course of a year.
trial court originally condemned the man, a motorcycle taxi driver, to
die in March 2006 after he was convicted of 360 counts of rape
allegedly carried out during the year his wife worked in Hong Kong.
Philippines repealed the death penalty in June 2006 and the Court of
Appeals in Manila affirmed the conviction on Sept. 8 but lowered the
sentence to 40 years' imprisonment _ the maximum now allowed by law _
for each count of rape, according to a copy of the decision obtained
The then-13-year-old victim, now 22, said her
ordeal began in January 2001, when her mother left for work in Hong
Kong as a domestic helper and left her three children with their father
in Los Banos, a township just south of Manila.
said he forced her to have intercourse with him almost every day,
except when she had her period or on holidays, when he would make her
perform oral sex.
The ordeal only ended after she and
her siblings spent a vacation with their mother's relatives. Reluctant
to return to her father at the end of the vacation, she broke down and
told her family about the abuse. Her mother returned home from Hong
Kong and helped her file the case.
The appeals court
affirmed the lower court's dismissal of the defense's contention that
the man's wife made up the allegations to get custody of the children
and marry a foreigner.
Courts do not routinely announce
their decision to reporters, and the little-known case escaped media
attention until journalists checked the appellate court's recent
The defendant can still appeal to the
Supreme Court. It was not clear if he would and calls to his lawyer's
phone were unanswered.
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