Mankayan lasses cry rape vs Army captain

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Thursday, March 29, 2012


TWO minors from Mankayan town accused an Army captain of raping and duping them into having affairs with him.

Isabel and Katrina (not their real names), both high schools students and minors, apparently fell in love with Army Captain Danilo Lalin from the 503rd Infantry Division, enabling him to allegedly sexually abuse both girls.

Mila Singson, deputy secretary-general of Innabuyog-Gabriela, and Jude Baggo of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA), condemned the act of Lalin.

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Lalin was a representative of the Philippine Army to a medical mission called by the Rural Health Unit of Mankayan.

He is 36 years old, married and a graduate of the Cagayan State University.

Katrina, 16, a high school student, allegedly had a relationship with Lalin starting October 2011. The two initially started as “text mates”.

Lalin, who introduced himself as Vince Valdez, then revealed to Katrina his real name was Captain Danilo Lalin of the Highlander 86, 50th Infantry Battalion in Makanyan, Benguet. The Army officer also allegedly told Katrina that he is from Gonzaga, Cagayan.

On December 17, Katrina asked permission from her mother saying she was going to her school to help prepare for a Christmas party. However, Katrina did not return home, prompting her parents to look for her.

On the December 17 to 18, Katrina went with Lalin to Impugong, Tinoc, Ifugao for a military Christmas party.

She returned home on December 19, but remained silent about the details of what happened in Ifugao. Her mother then found several pieces of pills on her bag.

Katrina and Lalin kept seeing each other, with the Army officer allegedly even promising Katrina marriage, saying his marriage has been annulled. Katrina believed Lalin, causing her to disobey her parents and start skipping classes.

Meanwhile, Isabel also 16 years old and a senior in high school met Lalin through Katrina.

It was in mid-January when Katrina started to have problems with her supposed relationship with Lalin as Isabel became the object of the captain’s affections.

On accounts given by Isabel on February 17, Isabel told her sister she was going home to her parents for the weekend. She came home on February 20 around 4 p.m. “looking very exhausted, dazed and had difficulty walking.”

Suspecting something was wrong, her sister opened Isabel’s bag while she was asleep and saw a box of donuts, a kilo of pork, a brand new cellphone, P1,000 bill and a military poncho. The next day, February 21, Isabel did not go to school.

A family member of Isabel also found contraceptive pills, two entrance tickets for Domestic Tourist addressed at the Military Shrines Service, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, among her belongings.

According to Isabel, Lalin brought her to a military camp in Ifugao and there she was raped. Isabel also told her sister that Lalin brought her to Taguig Hospital for a medical check-up.

According to medico legal examinations of Dr. Joyce Bastian Laforga of the Benguet General Hospital, Isabel suffered complete hymenal lacerations, with whitefish discharges and positive for fungal infections. She now suffers from mental depression and will not reportedly graduate from her class.

On February 24, Isabel was brought to the Mankayan Municipal Police Station to report the case. The police then escorted them to the Mankayan Rural Health Unit where Dr. Fabiola Gabriel took a specimen from the patient’s discharges then referred them to Lepanto Hospital.

At the Lepanto Hospital, Dr. Myrjhonalyn Rulloda, attending physician, referred the patient to the Benguet General Hospital (BEGH) in La Trinidad, Benguet.

The Mankayan Police escorted the victim and her family in an ambulance to BEGH.

Laforga suggests the possibility more than one man raped Isabel.

Isabel is now under temporary custody and rehabilitation.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 29, 2012.

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