An eight-year-old girl almost got raped by one of the inmates inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City on New Year’s Day, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima reported yesterday.
The girl, according to De Lima, was found unconscious inside Maximum Security Compound of the NBP after the suspect, identified as Norvin Domingo, attempted to rape her.
She already asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct an investigation on the case of the girl, who was a daughter of Domingo’s fellow inmate.
“If confirmed that there was no rape, we will still file a case for attempted rape and child abuse,” De Lima told reporters in an interview.
Citing a report she received, De Lima said the child went missing between 2 p.m and 4 p.m, after she went to play with the children of other inmates.
“Someone saw the children going to the comfort room,” the Justice Secretary said.
Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Franklin Jesus Bucayu said NBP personnel found the victim unconscious inside the comfort room of the Roman Catholic Chapel with no underwear and a rope around her neck.
The victim, according to Bucayu, was immediately taken to the NBP infirmary and underwent medico-legal examination.
Medico legal examination results of the victim showed that there was no evident congenital and laceration in the child’s private part.
Meanwhile, Bucayu said that the suspect came forward to them and admitted the offense.
Domingo was taken to the Disciplinary Cell while they are preparing the filing of a criminal case against him.
“He will also be sanctioned administratively. He will face the Board of Discipline,” Bucayu said explaining that his visiting privileges will be cancelled and his Good Conduct Time Allowance will also be affected.
The Good Conduct Time Allowance is needed to expedite the time spent by an inmate in serving their sentence.
Families of inmates usually come in droves to the NBP during Christmas Day and New Year’s Day to spend time with their kin. (With a report from Jonathan Hicap)