Vendor determined to pursue rape complaint vs Manila cop

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 15 2011 11:15 AM | Updated as of Jan 16 2011 11:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines - "Vanessa," a 30-year-old female vendor, said Friday that she is determined to pursue the rape complaint against Manila policeman, Police Officer 3 Antonio Bautista Jr.

"Oo naman po. Desidido [ako] na ituloy ang demanda," said the female vendor, who was interviewed after Bautista surrendered to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

Vanessa said that she saw hope for justice after hearing the news of Bautista's surrender. She said she thought it would take months before the wanted policemen would surface and she fears that her complaint would be dismissed.

The rape complainant is now under the protective custody of the National Capital Region Police Office, which has volunteered to help her overcome emotionally and psychologically the gruesome experience.

Vanessa, also a mother of two, accused Bautista of raping her inside the Manila Police District's Integrity Task Force office in the early morning of December 31, 2010.

She said the policeman also ordered her to perform oral sex on him.

The policeman's brother, who approached De Lima for the suspect's surrender, claimed that his brother was framed up by the female vendor.

He said that according to his brother, the complainant is actually a prostitute.

He said the policeman decided to surrender to De Lima because he fears for his life.

"Natatakot siya sa buhay niya. May P100,000 na patong. Merong dead or alive, shoot to kill [order]," the policeman's brother said.

The policeman is facing rape and robbery charges. He is also facing an administrative charge of grave misconduct and may be dismissed from service if proven guilty of the woman's accusations.

Working for 2 kids

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Vanessa said that she and her husband left their 2 children in their hometown in Bohol to work in Manila.

She said she and her husband sell toys on the streets of Manila to be able to send money for their children's education.

She said her parents, who have been informed of the incident, are taking care of their children, aged 8 and 12.

"Naglalako po ng mga laruan. Hanapbuhay po para may maipadala sa mga anak ko... Sana mag-aral silang mabuti at huwag nilang isipin ang nangyari dito," she said.

Vanessa alleged that after being raped, Bautista took P4,000 from her wallet.

The complainant told police that she and her husband were in Carriedo area in Manila when she was picked up by Bautista and another man wearing a "media T-shirt."

She said her husband left her to buy coffee for them when Bautista approached her and arrested her for vagrancy.

She said the policeman ordered her to board a "kuliglig" with 2 other women and then brought them to the MPD headquarters.

Vanessa had claimed that one of the 2 women arrested was also raped by Bautista's civilian companion inside the office of the MPD District Intelligence Division.

The police leadership has urged the other woman to come out to file a complaint and help them identify Bautista's civilian companion.