THE Philippine National Police (PNP) Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) has filed charges against the chief of the PNP custodial center in Camp Crame for allegedly sexually assaulting former Ozamiz City vice mayor Nova Princess Parojinog.
Lieutenant Colonel Jigger Noceda was charged with rape, acts of lasciviousness, unjust vexation and violation of the Safe Spaces Act before the Office of the Ombudsman on October 7, 2020, PNP spokesperson Colonel Ysmael Yu confirmed on Friday, October 9.
Noceda manages the PNP custodial center, where high-profile detainees, like Parojinog, are being held. He has been placed under restrictive custody of the PNP Headquarters Support Service.
Parojinog was locked up in Camp Crame following the anti-illegal drugs raid by the police on their residence on July 31, 2017.
The raid resulted in the killing of her father, then Ozamiz City mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, her mother and 13 other people.
Parojinog said she was sexually assaulted by Noceda twice, on June 9, 2020 and on September 7, 2020.
She said on June 9, Noceda called her to his office after she asked, through a letter, when they will be allowed to accept visitors since the government has already eased quarantine measures against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
Parojinog said Noceda informed her that they can already accept visitors and, in fact, her daughter was waiting for her in the visiting area.
She said that before she stepped out of the office, Noceda asked if they could take a selfie.
She said Noceda then pushed her against the wall and kissed her.
Parojinog said she was shocked by what Noceda did and immediately walked out of the room.
She said she then went to see her daughter and instructed her to immediately call their lawyers.
On September 7, 2020, Parojinog said she again requested to talk to Noceda about any possible court orders which she should be aware of.
When she stood up and was about to leave after their discussion, she said Noceda also stood up and again pushed her against the wall and touched her private parts.
She said Noceda told her that no one could hear her even if she screamed for help. Noceda was also confident that he would not get fired even if she filed a complaint.
Parojinog said the official also asked her if she can still get pregnant.
She was able to free herself from Noceda by telling him that someone can see them through the windows.
On her way out, Parojinog said she heard Noceda laughing and telling her she would be dreaming of him in the night.
Parojinog said she reported the incidents to the higher PNP officials, prompting the conduct of an investigation.
On September 25, Parojinog said Noceda apologized, pleaded for her to retract her complaints and promised that they would not see each other again. (SunStar Philippines)