THE Police Regional Office-Davao Region (PRO-Davao) reported that rape cases in Davao Region are alarming after they recorded 604 cases in the entire region from January to December 2022.
“Out of 604, we were able to resolve 378 and then some of them are already in the preliminary investigation, which is 210,” PRO-Davap spokesperson PMaj. Eudisan Gultiano said during the AFP-PNP press conference on March 28, 2023, at the Royal Mandaya Hotel.
“Medyo mataas talaga ang report rate ng (We have a high report rate in) DCPO (Davao City Police Office), Davao del Norte Police Office and Davao de Oro Police Office,” she added.
PRO-Davao did not provide the breakdown of cases from each area of responsibility because data is not yet available.
However, Gultiano said that most of the cases involve minor victims and are mainly incest cases wherein the suspects are usually the father, brother, or cousins and friends of the victims or closely related to them.
Also, Gultiano said that one of the possibilities for why the region has a high number of rape cases is because of the proactiveness of the agency.
“Proactive na ‘yong PNP (Philippine National Police), ibig sabihin hindi na natatakot ‘yong mga biktima na mag-report (PNP is now proactive, meaning victims are no longer afraid to speak out and report the case),” she said.
Meanwhile, with the alarming number of cases in the region, Gultiano said the new PRO Regional Director PBGen. Alden B. Delvo gave the order to conduct a study on why there’s an increase in cases.
“Ang gusto po ng aming regional director (What our regional director wants is), we will be requesting the help of all concerned agencies on how to resolve these cases,” she said.
“Maraming factors na iko-consider, ‘yong proximity nila sa kanilang mga pamamahay, status nila sa pamumuhay, maaring sa weather, so, ‘yon ‘yong aalamin natin (There are a lot of factors to consider why we have rape cases — proximity, life status, possibly weather. So, this is what we want to know and why we will conduct the study),” she added. KSD