MANILA, Philippines – A 7-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her neighbor in Aguilar, Pangasinan last Saturday.
A medico-legal report confirmed that the victim, only named as “Neneng,” was indeed raped.
Neneng’s father said he found his daughter beside the river with the naked suspect, a 15 year old boy. He said Neneng was traumatized by the incident.
“Iyung lalaki hubad na hubad, nung nakita ko tinakpan niya agad, biglang tumayo na siya,” the father said.
Police also learned that the suspect had several cases of theft in the area and in nearby towns.
“Sa barangay nila, mayroon pa siyang mga minor cases, kasama na doon yung mga pagnanakaw, hanggang sa nakarating siyang magnakaw din sa ibang bayan,” said PO3 Merlyn Ramos of the Women and Children's Protection Desk of Aguilar Police.
Under Republic Act 9344, or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, “a child 15 years of age or under at the time of the commission of the offense shall be exempt from criminal liability” and go under an intervention program. – report from Joana Tacason, ABS-CBN News Central Luzon