BACOLOD: COPS FILE RAPS VS SEX, CULT LEADER; CEBU CITY: ECLEO TAKEN TO HOSPITAL
MANILA, October 1, 2002 (STAR) By Antonietta Lopez - Bacolod City police have filed charges of seduction and child abuse against a photographer who claims to be the leader of a sex cult.
Leonardo Erobas’ cult gained national attention less than a week ago when he sent invitations to Senators Loren Legarda, Noli de Castro, Robert Jaworski and Rodolfo Biazon to join his cult.
The invitations included sexually explicit photographs showing him having sex with minors and other members in the nude.
The senators promptly asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into Erobas’ operation.
"This cult had the gall to send me indecent pictures which are not only immoral but possibly criminal because some of the sexual participants are minors!" Biazon fumed.
Inspector Carmen Amunategui said they filed the charges after two 15-year-old girls – one of whom was pictured in the nude – filed complaints against Erobas.
City police deputy chief Superintendent Rene Aspera said officers are closely watching Erobas, who offers his photography service at the town plaza, pending the issuance of an arrest warrant for him.
***Ecleo taken to hospital The Philippine Star 10/01/2002
CEBU CITY — Just as he was about to be transferred to another cell the other day, jailed cult leader Ruben Ecleo Jr. complained of chest pains and was taken to the hospital instead.
Ecleo, 42, is now both under intensive care and under heavy guard at the Cebu City Medical Center.
Ecleo, supreme leader of the Surigao-based Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association, is awaiting trial for the murder of his wife Alona Bacolod in Cebu last year.
Caught by reporters last Friday with a woman inside his cell, which he had shielded with curtains, Ecleo was to be transferred to another cell when he suddenly complained of chest pains.
Several investigations are now underway as a result of Friday’s incident, with jail warden Lita Quilaton being asked to explain the presence of the woman in Ecleo’s cell and his privileges as a so-called "adviser" to the inmates. — Freeman News Service
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
2002 by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS
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