4 men wanted for ‘sexually assaulting’ underage relatives behind bars

FIVE most wanted persons in Central Visayas were arrested by members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Central Visayas (CIDG 7) between October 31 and November 6, 2022.

Four of them are facing sexual assault charges, while Argie Codera Abella, 37, is charged with murder and homicide.

Abella is the second most wanted person in the region.

His bail was set at P120,000.

Of the four, two are from Cebu.

One, who is 33, and the other, who is 30, are the third and seventh most wanted persons in Cebu Province, respectively.

No bail was set for the 33-year-old who is charged with rape, while bail for the 30-year-old who is charged with acts of lasciviousness is set at P200,000.

Also arrested was the second most wanted person in Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental, who is facing cases of sexual assault and child abuse.

His bail was set at P180,000.

A 72-year-old man who is the seventh most wanted person in Bacong town in the same province is also in police custody. He is charged with allegedly sexually molesting his grandchild.

According to Colonel Peter Miguel Tagtag Jr., CIDG 7 chief, the victims are all minors and are related to the four accused.

The Police Regional Office Central Visayas (PRO 7) has already directed the CIDG 7 to focus on arresting persons wanted for sexual assault so they can no longer prey on the innocent.

“This is what PRO 7 Director Brigadier General Roderick Augustus Alba wants us to focus on because if we don’t put these people behind bars, they might end up victimizing more people. So that’s General Alba’s marching order,” Tagtag said in a mix of Tagalog and English.

He said there is a big possibility that those accused of sexually assaulting minors are also illegal drug users.

He said they will look into this with the help of Women and Children Protection Desks.

Based on the information he obtained, sex predators exploit the weakness of their victims and in most cases they sleep in the same room with them. (AYB, PJB)