Alleged rape victim shows abrasions in vagina

By Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 20 2010 11:25 PM | Updated as of Oct 21 2010 07:25 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The alleged rape victim of actor-politician Patrick dela Rosa showed abrasions on the lower part of her genitals, according to a medico-legal report obtained by ABS-CBN News on Wednesday. 

When asked to independently interpret some terminologies mentioned in the report, Superintendent Emmanuel Aranas of the Philippine National Police Crime Lab said that in general, abrasions on the genitals usually mean that there was force applied.

"In normal intercourse, there would be no wounds," said Aranas, who is a doctor. "If there was no force, there would be no scratches."

The medico-legal report also indicates that there was "clear evidence of blunt force or penetrating trauma." 

However, it was inconclusive as to what object was actually inserted, since the findings also proved "negative for spermatozoa." 

Aranas said that mentioning this on a medico-legal report "does not mean that it was not a male sex organ that was inserted."

“Hindi porke negative for sperm, ay wala nang nangyaring penetration,” he explained. 

This only shows that a medico-legal report is not enough to prove rape, he said.

Lawyer Freddie Villamor, the alleged rape victim’s legal counsel, also said that a medico-legal report is not the most important aspect in a rape case. 

"In the end, it is still the testimony of the victim, her credibility. Will her story hold in court? Will she withstand the shame?" he added. 

Villamor said the victim's testimony will always be stronger than any witnesses, which is why he is not troubled by the recantation of the 3 people who changed their testimonies and later declared that the rape charge against dela Rosa was not true.

"The rule is, recantations are not generally trusted, because there is a huge chance of outside influence coming into play. The first statement is always more credible, because that is the one that was voluntarily given. Once a witness recants, it is automatically suspicious," he claimed.

Villamor said that his client was saddened by the recantation of the three witnesses, but will push through with the case.