Rights group seeks probe on alleged rape, torture of minor

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FILE PHOTO: A little girl sitting on the floor in a dark room. Rights group Gabriela Women's Party urged Congress to conduct an investigation of the members of the Philippines Army and CAFGU who are accused of kidnapping, torturing, and raping a 15-year-old girl in Quezon province, Philippines. (Photo: Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: A little girl sitting on the floor in a dark room. Rights group Gabriela Women's Party urged Congress to conduct an investigation of the members of the Philippines Army and CAFGU who are accused of kidnapping, torturing, and raping a 15-year-old girl in Quezon province, Philippines. (Photo: Getty Images)

Women’s rights group Gabriela Women’s Party filed a resolution on Tuesday (Jan 25), urging the investigation on the alleged rape, illegal detention, and torture of a 15-year-old girl in Quezon province in the hands of the 59th Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army (IBPA) and Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU).

The women’s rights group, through House Resolution 2469, urged the House Committee on the Welfare of Children and Committee on Women and Gender Equality to conduct an investigation on the charges.

Belle, the victim who cannot be named since she’s a minor, claimed in a press conference held on Friday that she was raped and tortured by elements of the 59th IBPA and CAFGU.

The victim’s family filed charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention with rape, violence against women and children, and child abuse against Leoven Julita, a CAFGU member who allegedly raped the minor multiple times.

The family also filed charges of torture against former Southern Luzon Command Chief Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, 2nd Infantry Division Maj. Gen. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos, Jr., 59th IBPA commander Lt. Col. Edward Canlas, and other members of the military.

The women’s party cited Republic Act No. 8353 (Anti-Rape Law) that states rape by person of authority is punishable by reclusion perpetua. It added that Republic Act No 9745 (Anti-Torture Law) penalizes physical acts by persons of authority or their agents.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) conducted preliminary hearings on Jan 20.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. The views expressed are her own.

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