By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Two female minors were allegedly raped by six teenage males last Wednesday in Murcia, Negros Occidental; however, local police are not classifying the incident as a “gang rape.”
Murcia municipal police chief, Police Chief Inspector Roberto Indiape, Jr., withheld the names of both the victims and suspects.
Based on investigations, Indiape said the suspect and a companion initially got both females intoxicated during a barangay fiesta. The suspects then abducted the victims, threatening them with bladed weapons, and ordered them to a house where they were raped.
The following morning, as the victims were released and were waiting for a jeepney, four other male suspects, whom they have also met during the fiesta, took them to a riverbank where they were again sexually assaulted.
Once the girls were released, they immediately went home and told their parents what happened.
The victims’ parents then reported the incident to police.
Indiape said medical examinations ruled they were both sexually abused.
He also confirmed one of the suspects, a 19-year-old man, was arrested following a manhunt operation.
The rest were also identified but have yet to be arrested./DGB, WDJ