Lone suspect in Malaybalay rape of minor identified, still at large

MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net/15 March 2018) – The police manhunt operation is still underway against a suspect in raping a 14-year old girl in Malaybalay City, Police Supt. Alfredo Ortiz, Jr. chief of police of Malaybalay City police Station told members of the city council on March 13.

Ortiz said the they have already identified the suspect and have visited his local address but he has already left, so their manhunt operations has continued.

He said the suspect, a 21-year old man who stayed with a relative in Brgy. 9, Malaybalay City, is originally from a town in South Cotabato.

Ortiz said the lone rape suspect watched with the victim a concert sponsored by a liquor company at the Capitol Grounds on the evening of March 10. But the police chief said the rape incident might have happened at around 3:30 a.m. on March 11.

He said the victim was found at a creek in Caul Street meters away from the back of the National Bureau of Investigation Bukidnon Provincial Satellite Office.

He said the victim who is still recuperating at a hospital has positively identified the suspect through a picture lifted from the suspect’s Facebook account.

Police officer 3 Jade Florita, case investigator, said both hands of the victim were tied to a cable wire when they rescued her at around 7:30 a.m.

“When we arrived at the place we saw the victim had difficulty breathing. We picked her up and used our mobile patrol car to transport her to a hospital,” Florita said.

She said they believed she was raped in the place where she was found.
“Nakaangkon ang biktima sa bun-og sa nawong ug ubang bahin sa lawas,” Florita said.

Florita said they believed the victim was under the influence of liquor when the rape incident happened. (Mel B. Madera)