3 Dutch charged with pedophilia in Puerto Galera

by Tina Ganzon, ABS-CBN News Southern Tagalog

Posted at Dec 06 2009 11:57 AM | Updated as of Dec 06 2009 07:58 PM

Three Dutch nationals who are residing in the town of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro are facing pedophilia charges for allegedly molesting 3 male kids.

The suspects have been identified as Gusbert Van T. Hof, alias Jack, Robert Arjen Peter, alias Robert, and Rudolf William Devos, alias Rudy.

According to one of the victims, aged 16, the alleged molestation started 2 years ago when he, together with his 13-year-old brother and 11-year-old cousin, was invited to join the suspects in one of the resorts in the province.

“Lagi akong pinapupunta ni Jack sa kuwarto at pinaliligo. Pagkatapos ay pinaghuhubad ako ng damit”, the 16-year-old victim said.

According to the victims, the suspects would give them P50, sometimes P100, everyday.

A complaint was also filed against town official Benjamin de Chavez for allegedly condoning the purported crime. De Chavez, however, denied the allegation.

“Wala naman akong alam diyan at kasama lang ako sa pag-aresto,” he said.

Meanwhile, Puerto Galera’s chief of police, Supt. James Brillantes, who was recently relieved due to his alleged involvement in a shooting incident, denied allegations that he released the suspects after receiving a huge amount of money.