City fiscal says lover hurt her, files charges-A A +A
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
WHILE prosecutors resolve complaints against violators of Republic Act (RA) 9262, or the Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children Act of 2004, some of them fall victims to domestic violence.
A prosecutor in one of the cities in the Cebu Province filed a complaint against her estranged boyfriend, who allegedly hurt her and made her believe his marriage had been annulled.
“He begged me to forgive him and promised to have his marriage dissolved as soon as possible,” she said in her affidavit. “I felt so humiliated, yet I was torn by my feelings for him and the need to fix the situation so that I could recover my honor also. In the end, I forgave him and even helped him process the nullity of marriage proceedings against his wife.”
But the man’s wife opposed the petition for nullity, saying she has a child with him.
The Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office found enough evidence to indict Manuel (real name withheld) with two counts of violating RA 9262.
Bail was set at P48,000 for the accused, whose case was resolved after he failed to submit his counter-affidavit.
(Sun.Star Cebu is withholding the identities of the accused and complainant.)
The complainant and Manuel spent thousands for the DNA testing of the boy and the result states that the accused is the biological father.
Manuel also asked the prosecutor’s superior to transfer her to other office because she allegedly threatened to imprison him. She denied the accusation.
The prosecutor said she had and is “still experiencing physical, psychological, and emotional abuse at the hands of a former flame, who was supposed to be my knight in shining armor, after I had shaken off the chains of a prior disastrous marriage.”
RA 9262 penalizes physical violence, sexual and psychological harm and economic abuse.
Under the law, violence against women and their children refers to “any act or a series of acts committed by any person against a woman who is his wife, former wife, or against a woman with whom the person has or had a sexual or dating relationship, or with whom he has a common child, or against her child whether legitimate or illegitimate, within or without the family abode, which result in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse including threats of such acts, battery, assault, coercion, harassment or arbitrary deprivation of liberty.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 10, 2013.