'Tanghalan' champ Noven Belleza arrested in Cebu

NOVEN Belleza, the grand champion of ABS-CBN's "Tawag ng Tanghalan," a singing competition on noontime show "It's Showtime," was arrested last Sunday, July 16, after he allegedly tried to rape another singer in Cebu City.

Mabolo Police Station chief Jacinto Mandal said the victim asked for assistance from their station in regards to her allegations that Belleza attempted to rape her.

Mandal said it was the victim's family who nabbed Belleza, through a citizen's arrest, around 12 a.m. Sunday right after the singer performed in the "Pusuan Mo si Vice Ganda" at IEC Pavillion in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City. Belleza did not resist arrest.

Mandal said the victim reported to the police just before the concert.

Around 1 p.m., Belleza complained of chest pains and was placed under hospital arrest in Barangay Banilad, Mandal added. (JOB/SunStar Cebu)