outbrain
Close  

Cops confirm case of ‘lumad’ girl’s rape

/ 05:25 AM September 06, 2015

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Police authorities have confirmed reports by human rights activists that a 14-year-old Manobo girl was raped by three soldiers in Talaingod, Davao del Norte province.

The crime was among the cases of human rights violations blamed by Karapatan and other groups on soldiers deployed in Manobo communities in Davao del Norte and nearby Bukidnon province, forcing families to leave their houses out of fear. At least 700, including the girl and her family, have taken shelter at a facility being run by the Protestant church here.

ADVERTISEMENT

Senior Supt. Aaron Aquino, deputy chief for police operations in Southern Mindanao, told reporters on Wednesday that police probers found that three military men raped the girl, but did not provide other details, including the date of the crime.

Aquino said two of the suspects had been identified, but only gave their aliases, “Galot” and “Daniel.” Parents of the victim refused to sue them after agreeing to a money settlement amounting to P63,000 with them, he said.

FEATURED STORIES

Despite the deal, the police will pursue the charges against the suspects. “The police will serve as the complainant … documents are now being prepared for the filing of charges against alias Galot and alias Daniel,” Aquino said.

Col. Ricardo Nepomuceno, commander of the 1003rd Infantry Brigade, which has jurisdiction over Davao del Norte, said the military would cooperate with the police investigation. Allan Nawal, Inquirer Mindanao

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Davao Del Norte, human rights violations, Karapatan, lumad, Manobo girl, Rape
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.