Woman in QC runs half naked into street to escape rapists
admin • August 30, 2018 • 13488
A rape victims runs toward police after escaping her assailants | QCPD Station 6
Police were patrolling Payatas Road, Thursday at dawn when they came across a half-naked woman shouting frantically for help.
The policemen quickly responded and learned that the woman was running away from her rapists.
The victim narrated that she was walking along Madjaas Road when two men blocked her way and declared a holdup.
With no cash to give, the victim begged her assailants.
“Nakikiusap ako dun sa dalawang lalake wala po akong pera. Sabi ko, ‘Kahit gadget wala akong pera mahirap lang po ako.’ Sabi ko sa kanila lumayas lang po ako sa amin wala po akong kapera pera (I pleaded with the two men. I said to them, “I don’t have money, not even a gadget. I’m poor.” I ran away from home, I have no money with me).
But she said the suspects were not really after money all along.
One of the men pointed a gun at her and forced her to board the motorcycle; injuring her leg in the process.
A man happened to witness the scene and quickly reported the abduction to authorities.
“May tumawag na concerned citizen sa PCP 5 then agad nagresponde yung mga kapulisan natin dahil nagsasagawa sila ng checkpoint sa bandang unahan sa Narra Street (Police personnel who were manning a checkpoint in Narra Street promptly responded after a concerned citizen called PCP 5 ),” Station 6 Commander PSupt. Joel Villanueva said.
Police located the suspects hiding in a dark, grassy area where the victim was dragged to earlier.
An encounter erupted shortly which resulted in the death of the two alleged rapists.
PCP 5 Commander PCInsp. Alfonso Saligumba recalled the scene: “So bumaba kami chineck namin pinasok namin yung area ng Legazpi Street Group 5 o Payatas. Yung nga pinutukan kami ng mga suspek, nagretaliate kami at napatay namin sila (We checked the area of Legazpi Street Group 5 or Payatas. The suspects suddenly fired at us and we retaliated until they were killed).”
Two .38 caliber firearms were recovered from the suspects.
Batasan Police Station encourages the public to call them at 931-7870 for emergency situations. — Reynante Ponte
He also noted that the pandemic played a significant role in the upward trend, as most families are at home.
This was compounded by the financial difficulties experienced by many families, resulting in domestic conflict.
Most of the recorded cases were of physical abuse, with psychological abuse a distant second.
“We have launched a campaign to make women aware of their rights and make them advocates so they will be encouraged to report abuses,” he said.
QC Mayor Joy Belmonte expressed concern on the issue and rallied victims or their relatives and friends to report such abuses through the QC Protection Center Hotline 122, or to the barangay and QCPD women’s desk.
She also directed concerned local authorities to closely monitor and act swiftly on calls and reports pertaining to VAWC and other gender-based incidents.
“We cannot let any QCitizen suffer from gender-based violence in Quezon City especially during the pandemic,” she said.
Belmonte reported that the Quezon City government together with the QCPD are set to launch a unified information management system to facilitate the monitoring and hasten the investigation of VAWC cases. –AAC
The Senate Committees have approved the proposal to increase the statutory rape age to 16.
The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights and the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations, and Gender Equality approved the proposed measure on Thursday (October 10). Aside from the increase in the statutory rape age, the age for sexual consent was also raised from 12 to 16.
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, one of the authors of the bill, said it is time to amend the law especially due to the increase of sexual violence cases among children.
“As legislators, we need to ensure that our children are protected and that we set measures that will mitigate if not totally eradicate these alarming cases and statistics on sexual violence against children and teenage pregnancies,” Zubiri said.
The Philippines currently has the age of sexual consent at 12 which is the lowest in Asia and among the lowest in the world. -AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)
Bangkok – Police said Wednesday they had arrested a man they suspect killed three people, among them a toddler, and injured another four during the robbery of a jewelry shop in a central province in Thailand.
Gen. Chakthip Chaijinda, a commissioner-general of the Royal Thai Police, confirmed the arrest of Prasittichai Khaokaew, a 39-year-old school director, who he said was linked to the gruesome incident at a Lopburi province shopping center earlier this month, footage of which went viral.
“The alleged offender has been questioned about his motives but details cannot be revealed at the moment since we have not finished the investigation process yet,” Chakthip said during a media briefing.
Prasittichai was arrested Wednesday morning after the criminal court issued an arrest warrant Tuesday evening.
Police did not reveal further details and said another press conference would be held at 10.30 am on Thursday at the Royal Thai Police Headquarters in the capital Bangkok, adding they would address the motives and official charges against the suspect.
“The alleged offender did not deny any of the charges,” the commissioner-general said. “He thought he wouldn’t be able to get away with it.”
Chakthip also said Prasittichai did not resist arrest and that he “accepted his own mistakes.”
Prasittichai teaches at Wat Phochai School, a primary school located in Singburi, a neighboring province of Lopburi. Local media said he was originally from Lopburi, but police did not confirm this.
Security camera footage from Jan. 10 shows how a man wearing a balaclava shoots at customers and staff while approaching the counter. He then gets on the counter and proceeds to walk up and down, before rummaging through valuables and making off with a handful of jewelry.
Police said the man, who was wielding a gun with a silencer, first shot at a security guard before proceeding with his rampage.
A separate video shows how a child walking by falls to the ground after sustaining a wound to the head before his mother takes him away to find cover. Authorities said the boy died at the hospital.
Out of the more than 10 million firearms in Thailand, only 6 million are legally registered, according to Australian monitoring organization GunPolicy.org. EFE-EPA
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