Celebrity cosmetic surgeon charged with rape rearrested, no bail recommended

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 15) — A Manila-based celebrity cosmetic surgeon has been rearrested in Lapasan in Cagayan De Oro.

Authorities from Northern Mindanao again apprehended Dr. Joel Mendez in a police operation on Sunday. He was convicted of attempted rape and two counts of rape, according to the regional police.

Mendez was arrested by virtue of the warrant issued by a court in Mandaluyong City last February 4. He is now detained at Maharlika Detention Center, and will be transported back to Manila.

No bail was recommended in the new arrest warrant.

“We will never stop until all wanted persons [are] arrested and put behind bars since it is our mandate to enforce the law [and] ensure the safety of other people that may be possible victims," Northern Mindanao Police Chief Police Brigadier General Rolando Anduyan said.

Mendez is the owner of Skinology Spa and Wellness Center, a medical spa based in Quezon City.

The cosmetic surgeon was arrested last July 12, 2018 in Mandaluyong City for allegedly molesting a 17- year-old girl and a model of the Mendez Medical Group inside his clinic in 2015. He was released after posting bail.

CNN Philippines’ Northern Mindanao-based correspondent Alwen Saliring contributed to this report.