Broadcaster faces sexual assault rap

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014


A BROADCASTER was charged before the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office for allegedly sexually assaulting a former reporter.

Louise (real name withheld) filed a complaint against Romeo (real name withheld) for allegedly violating Republic Act (RA) 7877, or the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995.

She included the radio station’s manager in the complaint for allegedly not making any action against Romeo.

The complainant, a native of Palompon, Leyte, said Romeo wanted to have sex with her inside a motel in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City last Oct. 19.

Denial

Romeo, in a phone interview, denied the allegation.

“The story against me is fabricated,” he said in Cebuano. “I will face the complaint.

If it’s filed in court, I will face the trial.”

He accused a former colleague of persuading Louise to charge him.

Romeo said he is on leave from his job, adding that his family already knows about the complaint.

In her affidavit, Louise said she received text messages from Romeo asking for her whereabouts.

She replied that she was in her boarding house in Mandaue City. Romeo asked if he could come so they could have a drink.

Louise was hesitant, but she gave in to Romeo’s request because he was her immediate superior that time.

Romeo asked her to buy candy and cigarettes and told her he would pay her when he got there. However, she didn’t have any money.

Past 8 p.m., the respondent arrived and parked his car. Louise wanted to go to a restobar.

Alleged repercussion

But Romeo insisted they go to a place where they could not be disturbed by noise.

“Not knowing his plan, I just immediately nodded,” said Louise.

They went to a motel. Once inside, Romeo began his advances on her. But Louise said she resisted him.

When she returned to work last Oct. 21, she said Romeo would not talk about her becoming a regular employee.

Romeo’s attitude towards her turned sour, Louise said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 13, 2014.

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