Air Force officer arrested; minor tags him for rape

CEBU CITY – An officer of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) was arrested last Thursday for allegedly abducting and raping a minor inside his house in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City.

Personnel from the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) arrested Airman First Class Marlo Bocog, 36, and rescued a 15-year-old girl last Thursday afternoon.

Accompanied by her mother, the fourth year high school student went to the Police Station 4 in Barangay Marigondon on Saturday morning to execute an affidavit.

On Monday, Bocog will be charged with abduction of minor in relation to Republic Act 7610, or the Anti-Child Abuse Act, said PO1 Marites Alsola of the Women and Children’s Protection Desk.

The police will have to wait for the result of the complainant’s medical examination, before they can file a rape case.

On the night of October 30, the girl said, she was brought by a male text mate named Lester to the residence of the suspect who was celebrating his birthday.

There were only four of them inside the house, including the suspect’s girlfriend, Alsola said.

When Lester left, Bocog brought the minor to his room. The suspect’s girlfriend was sleeping in another room.

The minor said she fought the suspect but he threatened her with a gun. For more than 24 hours, the suspect did not let her out of the house.

On Thursday morning, the minor was able to send a text message to a friend using the cell phone of the suspect, who was taking a bath at the time.

She informed her friend of her situation. Her friend informed her mother, who immediately sought help from the Swat.

Past 3 p.m., Swat personnel stormed the house and rescued the girl. The complainant, a resident of Sitio San Roque, Barangay Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City, was brought to the Pink Room of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center after the rescue.

The Swat personnel turned over Bocog to the Police Station 4. He was brought to the holding cell at the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office at 4 p.m.

But past 5 p.m. last Friday, Bocog was turned over to the military stockade of the Mactan Benito Ebuen Air Base in Lapu-Lapu.

Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, LLCPO chief, said an official from the Air Base requested that the suspect be placed under PAF’s custody while no formal charges have been filed yet.

“They will be processing their administrative charge against their personnel,” Lawas said in a phone interview.

Lawas said that after charges will be filed on Monday, the suspect will be returned to the LLCPO. (RSB of Sun.Star Cebu)

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