Suspect in rape-slay of teen in Camarines Sur arrested

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay, Philippines — Police in Camarines Sur province have declared as solved the case of 18-year-old Irish Mae Payonga — who was robbed, raped, and then murdered — following the arrest and confession of the suspect.

The suspect confessed to the crime after being identified by a witness, according to Col. Julius Caesar Domingo, chief of the Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office, who held a press conference Tuesday night in Naga City, Camarines Sur.

Domingo also presented pieces of evidence pointing to the suspect, Reymark Belleza, as the one who killed Payonga and dumped her body in a grassy lot in Barangay Cadlan in Pili town, Camarines Sur.

Belleza was…

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