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Region 1’s MWP for rape nabbed
LAOAG CITY – A top “most wanted person” (MWP) tagged by the police authorities here as “number 1” in Region 1 was arrested Thursday.
Reports received by Col. Julius Suriben, Ilocos Norte PNP (Philippine National Police) director, said the suspect, a resident of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, was accused of allegedly raping the 14-year-old niece of his live-in partner.
“Actually, the suspect was ranked top 2 [MWP] in the regional, but when we arrested him, he was elevated to no. 1 in the regional level,” said Suriben.
According to the official, the incident happened inside the suspect’s car along the road in Vintar town.
The suspect was charged with statutory rape under Republic Act (RA) 8353 as amended by RA 11648.
Based on the police report, last Sept. 26, 2022, the victim’s mother reported the incident to the local authorities.
The suspect fetched the victim from their house and told her that she will “receive a gift.”
But while traveling in a car, the suspect stopped the car at Vintar, Ilocos Norte roadside and “sexually abused” the victim.
The suspect then told her in Ilocano dialect to wit: “daytoy ti regalok kenka”, (this is my gift for you), after which the suspect proceeded to the backseat where the victim was seated.
After the deed was done, the suspect returned to the driver’s seat and acted as if nothing had happened.
The victim testified that the incident happened several times on different occasions and dates.