No reports on death threats to gang rape victim

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Itogon, Benguet  – Police authorities revealed there were no formal reports recorded by probers on the alleged death threats being received by the 26-year old waitress who was allegedly gang raped by seven individuals, including two police officers, inside a house in Tuding here from March 23 to 27 this year.

Superintendent Cherry Fajardo, Public Information Officer of the Police Regional Office (PRO) in the Cordillera, while there were no reports yet on the alleged death threats on the reported gang rape victim, the police is open for any reported death threats on her so that interventions that will guarantee her safety and protection will be provided the soonest.

She added the reported death threats on the gang rape victim will still undergo the required stringent investigation in order to assess and validate the veracity of the matter and not to further create confusion on what really happened to her.

According to the police official, probers respect the victim’s opinion regarding the investigation of the gang rape incident and the outcome of the initial medical evaluation conducted by physicians of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) on her, saying that all her concerns must be brought to the attention of concerned authorities so that they will be able to take the necessary actions to address her complaints.

On the other hand, reliable sources disclosed the alleged gang rape victim is issuing premature statements in order to continue gaining the sympathy of the public in her case in the midst of initial results of the medical examination conducted on the victim that she had no signs of external physical and vaginal injuries right after the reported gang rape.

Sources added some camps are now allegedly trying to deviate the attention of the public so that there will be public outrage once the provincial prosecutor’s office will come out with a formal resolution of the charges filed against the four suspects who were earlier arrested due to the reported gang rape and who are now temporarily detained at the Itogon Municipal Police Station.

It was learned that to show their cooperation for the immediate resolution of the abduction and gang rape charges filed against them, the four arrested suspects executed a waiver of detention for their temporary stay at the Itogon Municipal Police station.

The 26-year old native of Pozorubio, Pangasinan was reportedly abducted by the seven male suspects on board a grey van while she was waiting for a ride in a parking area along Mines View Park in the afternoon of May 23 and was subsequently brought to a house in Tuding where she was repeatedly gang raped by the seven suspects. She was only able to report the incident to the police in the morning of May 29 after she refused to go back to the house when she was allowed by the suspects to go home to her boyfriend’s residence and get her clothes.

However, sources belied the existence of rape in the said incident and that the victim was allegedly used by certain quarters to reportedly extort from the suspects considering that one of the arrested suspects was able to sell his car several weeks before the reported gang rape and that the real motive behind the incident is deeply rooted.

The provincial prosecutor’s office is set to resolve the cases filed against the suspects within a reasonable period of time allowed under existing laws. By Dexter A. See

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