Former bank security guard Lester Ivan Rivera was sentenced with life imprisonment for the rape and slay of Given Grace Cebanico, a University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) student in 2011.
Regional Trial Court Branch 92 Calamba City Judge Alberto Serrano found the security guard guilty beyond reasonable doubt of three (3) counts of rape with homicide and theft and sentenced him to three (3) life imprisonment terms.
Judge Serrano issued the judgment more than four (4) years after the incident that terrified the university community and prompted local government officials to review its safety and security measures around the area in Laguna at a court in Muntinlupa on Tuesday.
Rivera was transferred to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City two
(2) years ago when he was indicted for theft. He surrendered to the authorities after the crime was consummated.
The security agency, where Rivera was previously employed, filed another case against him in connection with company-issued gun which he used to shoot Given Grace.
The family of Rivera anticipated the judgment since he pleaded guilty in February.
However, Percival de Guzman, Rivera’s co-accused, is expecting the court’s verdict, which might come out next month.
Given Grace was a 19 year old computer science student, already in her junior year, when she was raped and killed near the campus way back October 2011.
Meanwhile, The Center for Women’s Resources (CWR) said that under President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino’s administration, there is an undeniable 92% increase in the number of recorded rape case. From 5,132 in 2010, it escalated to 9,875 in 2014. This shows that a woman or a child is being raped every 53 minutes.
The center also revealed that violations of Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act or RA 9262 have grown by 200% from year 2010 to year 2014. It also said that seven (7) in ten (10) victims of violence are children.