Police station chief hunted after Parañaque teen cries rape
Officer given 36 hours to yield, answer rapsBy Jodee A. Agoncillo |Philippine Daily Inquirer
Senior Insp. Mujalni Dugasan apparently can’t ease into retirement just yet.
His superiors in the Parañaque City police have formed a task force to hunt down the 55-year-old Dugasan on complaints that he raped a 15-year-old girl in his private car Tuesday night.
Quoting the complaint filed by the girl’s parents, information officer Senior Insp. Rolly Santiago said the high school student was looking for a friend when she went to Police Community Precinct 3 in San Dionisio around 7 p.m.
Dugasan, the PCP3 commander, asked for her number and offered her a ride home going to Barangay Sto. Niño in his Toyota Innova. The girl agreed, Santiago told the Inquirer on Wednesday.
They made a brief stop for drive-through orders at a fast food outlet. From there, Dugasan brought the girl to the parking lot near the central police station also in San Dionisio, where the alleged rape took place around 8:30 p.m.
Dugasan then dropped her off near Amvel, venue of the religious group El Shaddai, in the same barangay.
Around 11 p.m. the same night, the girl’s mother reported the incident to Station 5, prompting its commander, Chief Insp. Dennis Sirilan, to summon Dugasan the next morning.
Dugasan was expected to report to the central station, but he did not show up apparently after sensing that “something was wrong,’’ Santiago said.
He was also not around when his fellow Parañaque officers looked for him later at his house in neighboring Las Piñas City.
His family members—including his two sons who are also policemen—allowed a thorough search of the house to prove they were not hiding him and claimed they had no idea where Dugasan had gone, Santiago said.
Dugasan, who is up for retirement this August after serving in the force since 1978, will be formally charged with rape should he fail to report to his superiors in the next 36 hours, Santiago said.
Acting Parañaque police chief Senior Supt. Andrei Awayan Felix said he was dismayed by the allegations, noting that an act of a single member could taint the reputation of his entire team.
“We will exert our best efforts to have him arrested,” Felix said.