Deaf girl's rape-slay in Cebu condemned

by Carine Asutilla, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas

Posted at Jun 16 2011 11:57 PM | Updated as of Jun 17 2011 07:59 AM

CEBU, Philippines -  The Philippine Federation of the Deaf has condemned the rape and killing of a 17-year-old deaf girl in Cebu.

The victim's remains were found in Basak, Lapu-Lapu City last Tuesday.

An autopsy on Chera Mae Gitgano showed that she was raped before she was killed.

Philippine Federation of the Deaf official Marlou Agbay, through his interpreter Fr. Peter Sollesta, said they are hoping that the police will focus on the case and investigate it well.

Agbay said the incident is just one of the many crimes committed against the deaf, and some are not brought up in public.

He said that advocacy on abuses against the deaf should be intensified.

Agbay is part of a campaign in Cebu to tell the deaf about their rights and how to avoid sexual abuse.

His group plans to approach the family of the victim to help them.

Police said they have a witness in the rape-slay.

The witness was allegedly with the victim before the incident happened.

A cartographic sketch of the suspect was also revealed Wednesday.