THE province of Davao Occidental has already recorded around 30 rape cases since the beginning of the year, based on the data of the Davao Occidental Provincial Police Office (DOPPC) on Thursday, October 6.
PMaj. Glenn Bantillo, head of the Provincial Community Affairs Development Unit (PCADU) of DOPPC, said these cases were recorded between January to September.
“Ang crime volume namo baba na pero ang amoang prevalent crime dinhi kay rape (Our crime volume is low but the prevalent crime here in the province is rape),” Bantillo said during an interview with the Davao City Disaster Radio.
The suspects in these rape cases were “trusted persons” like boyfriends, relatives, or parents but most of them were members of the victims’ households.
The victims, on the other hand, were mostly minors between the ages of nine to 12 years old and belong to geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) communities.
“Sa mga lagyo na (In far-flung) areas or GIDA, (it’s common) ang balay nila isa lang ang kwarto (for houses to only have one room or none at all),” Bantillo said, adding that such settings make it easier for suspects to reach the victims.
According to Bantillo, the criminal cases against the identified suspects were already filed and the DOPPC is waiting for the release of the warrant of arrest to apprehend the victims.
“Pag natala namo diri sa among records, na-file na iyan (Once the crime is recorded in our stattion, we immediately file a case),” he said.
To combat this, Bantillo said the DOPPC holds information and education campaigns by conducting symposiums per police station in different municipalities for girls, women, and men. They also provide information materials.
“Pahimanlo lang ta pirminti sa mga early stage na atong ma-detect na may pagnanasa ang (uban tao) (We have to take care and be vigilant against the early stages and signs of rape so we can detect if a person is planning on it),” Bantillo said.
Meanwhile, Bantillo said the municipality of Sta. Maria and Malita have applied to be recognized as drug-free municipalities of Davao Occidental, which means that all barangays in the said municipalities are drug-free as well.
The application may be approved in the second of week of October. “Gamay na lang gyod ang kulang, ma-declare na ang unang munisipyo namo na drug-cleared (We are very close to have the first municipality here in Davao Occidental as drug-cleared),” Bantillo said.
The rest of the province’s municipalities continue their drug-clearing operations as there are still barangays wherein drug use or selling of drugs is still present. ICM