Noven Belleza arrested, charged with rape of 19-year-old girl in Cebu

Noven Belleza is facing serious charges after he allegedly raped a 19-year-old girl in Cebu City, who happens to be his fellow contestant from Tawag ng Tanghalan.

The Tawag ng Tanghalan grand champion has been arrested by the police early Sunday morning due to rape allegations, according to the report by The Freeman, a local newspaper in Cebu.

Noven made it to the frontpage for today's issue of The Frontman, though he was not yet named there and was only described as "singing champ", "first ever winner of a singing contest in a noontime TV show" and "suspect in Cebu for concert".

All clues lead to Noven Belleza, who emerged as the 1st ever grand champion of Tawag ng Tanghalan on It's Showtime just last March. He arrived in Cebu last Saturday to perform for "Pusuan Mo Si Vice Ganda sa Cebu" concert, where he was one of Vice's guest performers, at the IC3 convention center.

Just this afternoon, The Freeman has already named Noven Belleza as the rape suspect in its tweet as the police file rape case against him at the Cebu City Prosecutor.

This rape accusation against Noven Bellewa came as a shock to many, especially to those who have followed his journey on 'Tawag ng Tanghalan', where he was well-loved by the viewers. [LATEST UPDATE: Case lowered to Sexual Assault (Read ABS-CBN's statement on Noven Belleza's sexual assault controversy)]

Before winning TNT, Noven was a rice farmer in Victorias City, Negros Occidental.

Just last July 1, he launched his debut single 'Tumahan Ka Na'. -

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