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4 nabbed for alleged
rape of handicapped woman

Four construction workers were arrested for allegedly gang-raping a woman in Brgy. 2, Bacolod City, Thursday night

The suspects, whose names the police withheld, were aged 18, 20, 25 and 28 and are residents of Kabankalan and San Carlos cities, City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz said yesterday.

The victim, 23, whose name is also being withheld, told the police that she was on her way to the house of her friend at about 11 p.m. when she passed by the construction site where the suspects were having drinks.

She said one of the suspects grabbed her by the hand and forced her into a delivery truck where they took turns in raping her. She added that when the suspects were done, they just left her and returned to the construction site.

The victim, who is a midget, sought police help and Station 2 policemen together with the operatives of the Women and Children’s Complaints Desk conducted a follow-up operation and apprehended the suspects.

In a television interview, one of the suspects claimed that the victim is his girlfriend and that he is willing to marry her, while the other suspects denied that they raped her.

Insp. Jovy Cabcaban, WCCD chief, said the victim has undergone a medical examination so she can file charges against the suspects.

Meanwhile, rape charges were also filed against two minors before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office yesterday for allegedly molesting a 16-year-old girl in Moises Padilla town, Negros Occidental, Saturday.

Town police chief, Senior Insp. Robert Mansueto, said the victim was on her way home when the suspects, one of them her own neighbor, waylaid and dragged her into the woods, where they raped her.

The suspects immediately fled while the victim sought police help. She is now in the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development of the town.*APN




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