Zambales mayor accused of raping 12-year-old girl

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 15 2010 07:55 PM | Updated as of Sep 16 2010 03:55 AM

SAN MARCELINO, Philippines – A 12-year-old girl has accused Mayor Jose Rodriguez of San Marcelino town in Zambales of rape.

The girl filed a case against Rodriguez at the Olongapo City Fiscal’s Office on Tuesday.

She claimed that the San Marcelino mayor sexually assaulted her at his resthouse on September 10.

Aside from statutory rape, Rodriguez is also facing a child trafficking charge in connection with the case.

The alleged rape victim is now under the care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Olongapo City.

Efforts to get Rodriguez’s comments failed as his employees said he was unavailable for interview on Wednesday. – Abner Mercado, ABS-CBN News