PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief General Dionardo B. Carlos on Saturday assured the public that actor Kit Thompson will face the full brunt of the law for allegedly hurting his girlfriend, actress Ana Jalandoni inside a hotel room in Tagaytay City.
The 25-year-old former “Pinoy Big Brother” or PBB housemate who happened to be half-Kiwi, half-Filipino has been charged for violation of Section 5 (a) of Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence against Women and Children Act (VAWC).
He was detained at the Tagaytay City Police Station lock-up facility after inquest proceedings at the office of Tagaytay City Assistant Prosecutor Rainier Desecada on Friday afternoon.
“We will wait for the decision of the prosecutor based on his appreciation and evaluation of [the] evidence presented. The PNP has gathered the necessary evidence and witness accounts in the course of its investigation,” Gen. Carlos said.
According to Police Regional Office 4-A (PRO4-A) Director Brigadier Gen. Antonio C. Yarra, Tagaytay policemen rushed to the local hotel on Friday morning after being alerted by friends of Jalandoni. It turned out that the actress called her friends and pleaded for help claiming she was detained and mauled by Thompson in their hotel room.
Yarra said that he has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident even as he called on other women who are victims of violence to immediately file a complaint against their abusers at the nearest police station.
Prior to her calls for help, the victim and Thomson reportedly had a heated altercation after they checked in at the hotel leading to the mauling incident.
Pictures of the woman after her mauling had been circulating on social media. One picture showed her badly-beaten face.
“We don’t condone any act of violence, especially against women. As we celebrate Women’s Month, we couldn’t stress enough the inherent role of the PNP to protect the rights of every woman in society,” PNP Public Information Office Chief Brig. Gen. Roderick Augustus B. Alba.