by clan members
Four suspects in the alleged gang rape of a minor in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, are now detained at the lock-up cell of the city police station.
Cadiz police said the suspects, two of them minors, whose names were not disclosed, are reportedly members of a group known as the “Judas Clan”, that recruits members through text messaging and social networking sites.
Women's and Children Protection Desk investigations showed that the minor, whose identity is being withheld by the police, was allegedly raped by the four suspects at the city public plaza October 14 during their clan meeting.
Findings of the medico legal officer on the victim showed that she had indeed been raped as shown by lacerations found on her private parts, records showed.
The suspects denied the allegations and said they never abused the minor.
Charges for rape, in relation to child abuse, are being readied by the police against the four suspects.
Inspector Erica Apellido, provincial chief of the Women's and Children Protection Desk, said in a television interview, that since “clans” are now widespread among teenagers, the parents should ensure that their children do not join these groups.
“Clans are not legitimate organizations,” Apellido said.*SGG
593 add'l police
arrive in Bacolod
About 593 policemen arrived in Bacolod yesterday to augment the city police in securing residents and visitors during the MassKara Festival highlights, Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, BCPO acting director, said.
The augmentation police, who started duty last night, came from the Regional Public Safety Battalion-6, Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office, and Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit of Western Visayas. The Special Action Force, Philippine Army, Explosive Ordnance Division and Philippine Coast Guard K-9 units will also help the BCPO.
Around 150 policemen were assigned to Police Station 1, 100 in Station 4 and 150 in Station 2. Two teams of seven policemen each were detailed to Station 8 to secure the Goldenfield Commercial Complex at Araneta Street, and some sent to Station 6.
Police in areas where there are no events will augment the SAF in conducting checkpoints in line with the election period.*SGG
for Bacolod police logistics
The Bacolod City government has approved the P400,000 budget to be allotted to food and gasoline of the City Police Office for the remaining four days of the MassKara Festival.
Acting city director, Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, said yesterday that P250,000 will be allotted for food and P150,000 as gasoline allowance of the vehicles of the 10 police stations and of the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office members, who also augmented the city police.
The budget is for about 1,000 personnel, he said.
Ordaniel meanwhile said that, at the start of the campaign period today, the police will be continuously monitoring candidates who have filed their certificates of candidacy.*SGG