PRESIDENT Duterte has expressed outrage over the spate of rape-slaying cases in the country and has ordered the Philippine National Police to immediately solve the cases, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa said yesterday.
“’Yung Pasig City (Mabel Cama case) napag-usapan namin at talagang nagalit siya (President Duterte),” the PNP chief said. He said that they talked about the gruesome rape-slay case during a break in one of the Asean Summit meetings this week.
He said that unlike during the period when they launched their war on drugs, rape-slaying cases actually drastically went down just like the other focus crimes like robbery-holdup, car and motorcycle theft and physical injuries.
“We’re alarmed at mga bata pa ang biktima dito. Talagang malaki ang epekto ng drug campaign, glaring reality, a reality na bumaba ang rape due to the war on drugs pero nga-yon bumabalik na,” he said.
The PNP chief said he is getting complaints that after they stopped their crackdown against illegal drug trafficking and abuse last month, drug offenders who were previously in hiding have already returned to their communities and are now again deemed as ‘untouchables’ by their neighbors.
He said that it would be ‘self-serving’ if he would present drug statistics to the President but added he’s aware of the sensational rape cases.
Gen. Dela Rosa said he is particularly alarmed over the spike on rape-slaying cases following the pullout of the police from the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign on orders of Mr. Duterte last month.
“Tingnan n’yo naman, malakas ’yung ating war on drugs, meron ba kayong nabalitaan na ganitong ka-sensational na rape case?” he said.
He specifically referred to the cases of bank employee Mabel Cama, who was a victim of rape-slaying in Pasig City, and murdered young couple James Carl de Guzman and Glory Mary Carbonell, who was also believed to have been raped by their assailants.
The Pasig City Police Station headed by Senior Supt. Orlando Yebra have narrowed to five the number of “persons of interest” in the case of the 22-year-old Cama.
According to Gen. Dela Rosa, cases of rape ‘dramatically and significantly declined’ during the first six months of the government’s war on drugs or from July to December last year.
“Napakalaki ang posi-bilidad ng association ng drug problem at saka ng rape cases. Definitely dahil walang matinong tao na mang-rape, patayin ang babae at sunugin pa ang biktima kung matino ’yung utak mo, kung hindi ka lango sa drugs, hindi ka drug addict. Hindi ba?” he asked the media.
“Ayoko mag-insinuate sa publiko na iyan ang dahilan but that is a glaring, glaring reality. That’s a fact that is happening. Bumaba nang husto ’yung rape cases during our war on drugs. Ngayon na nawala tayo sa war on drugs biglang tumaas na naman,” he said.
The PNP chief said criminals are back to their old habits now that the PNP is no longer in-charge of the drug war. His statement was supported by National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar D. Albayalde and Quezon City Police District director Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar.