MABALACAT CITY -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Guillermo Eleazar directed Brigadier General Valeriano De Leon, director of the Central Luzon police, to provide security to a 26-year old woman who filed a rape complaint against a police sergeant.
Staff Sergeant Robin Mangaga of Police Station 4 in nearby Angeles City will be removed from the service if proven that he raped the victim inside a motel in this city at dawn on Friday, Eleazar said.
"Inatasan ko na ang Internal Affairs Service (IAS) na pabilisin ang pagiimbistiga sa kasong ito at inatasan ko na rin ang regional director ng Police Regional Office Central Luzon na bigyan ng kaukulang proteksiyon ang nagrereklamo at ang kaniyang pamilya kasabay ang paglalagay sa involved na pulis under restrictive custody," Eleazar said.
(I have instructed the IAS to expedite the investigation in this case and I have also instructed the regional director of Police Regional Office Central Luzon to provide appropriate protection to the complainant and his family while placing the police involved under restrictive custody.)
Despite repeated warnings and implementation of reforms in the PNP, Eleazar lamented that there are still some cops who abuse the power which emanates from the people.
"Nakakalungkot at nakakagalit na sa kabila ng paulit-ulit nating babala at pagpapatupad ng reporma sa ating organisasyon, mayroon pa ring iilan na hayagang inaabuso ang kapangyarihang ibinigay sa kanila ng taong bayan," the PNP chief said.
(It is sad and frustrating that despite our repeated warnings and implementation of reforms in our organization, there are still some who openly abuse the power given to them by the people.)
Eleazar said the incident may serve as a motivation for other policemen to work harder for the organization's internal cleansing campaign.
"This will not discourage us in our reforms and, in fact, this serves as a motivation to continue our internal cleansing,” he said
The PNP chief said he has directed Brigadier General Valeriano De Leon, Central Luzon police director, to provide security to the victim and her family.
"Kapag napatunayan na ginawa nga ni Police Staff Sergeant Robin Mangaga ang kahalayang ito, tinitiyak ko na matatanggal siya sa serbisyo bukod sa kasong kriminal na kanyang haharapin," the top PNP chief said.
(If it is proven that Police Staff Sergeant Robin Mangaga did commit this obscenity, I guarantee that he will be removed from service apart from the criminal case he will face.)
The victim told investigators that she was on her way to work onboard a motorcycle and upon reaching a checkpoint in Barangay Lakandula here, Mangaga flagged her down.
The woman reportedly failed to present a driver's license and this prompted the cop to confiscate the motorcycle key.
The victim begged the policeman not to impound the motorcycle that is owned by her partner.
It was then that the cop allegedly asked the woman to massage him inside his car.
After this, the Mangaga allegedly took the victim to a motel in this city where the alleged rape transpired.