Day in and day out, we witness how victims of crime are victimized anew in the corrupted justice system. I cite as an example this rape case that reached our attention last weekend.
The victim was 11 years old when she was first sexually attacked by her neighbor, a 29-yea-old son of a Philippine Air Force (PAF) general in Villamor Air Base. She was too scared and too ashamed to tell anybody as her ordeal went on for two years.
Finally, the victim was rescued by the authorities last May 15 at the Sheraton Hotel in Pasay City after her parents sought the help of the Pasay City Police Women and Children’s Desk.
Now aged 13, the girl recounted in her written testimony how the predator violated her virginity and satisfied his most evil desires.
According to P/Capt. Lisa Sayno, the suspect whom we shall call “Cris” befriended the girl at the community playground on Bautista Street, Villamor, Pasay City. After gaining the trust of the girl, “Cris” invited her to play video games at his house nearby where the first rape took place.
Sayno said the medico-legal findings prove that the girl was sexually abused.
Investigators said the medico-legal report is solid evidence. A closed-circuit television recording also showed the suspect and the minor victim checking in at a hotel and taking the elevator to a room on the eighth floor.
Despite the strong case against the general’s son, the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office has not elevated the complaint to the courts. Almost four months have passed.
We respectfully call on the Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to kindly look into this matter at the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office. We smell something fishy going on.
The aggrieved parents of the victim also intend to file a complaint against the management of the hotel for allowing the occurrence of crime involving a victim of minor age.
According to the victim’s mother, she and her soldier-husband literally pleaded with the hotel staff to contact their daughter who was being held by the suspect in the room before they sought police assistance.
P/Capt. Sayno agreed that the hotel was too negligent in allowing “Cris” to bring in a minor companion without verifying their identities and relationship.
Although the hotel management has cooperated with the police investigation, the establishment is clearly still accountable for the perpetration of the crime involving a minor victim for false imprisonment and abetting statutory rape.
ACT-CIS Cong. Eric Yap is set to file within the week a House bill making business and commercial establishments liable for crimes occurring within their premises despite advance warning or knowledge based on reliable information or tip.
Rep. Yap said he was disappointed upon learning that the hotel did not heed the victim’s parents’ pleas to rescue their daughter and take her home.
I tried to get the side of the story of this rape suspect at his home but their household staff said he was not available for comment. I hope he is not out on the street lurking for would-be child victims.