CAPITOL SAFETY. Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. announces on Friday (June 7, 2019) the creation of a team to investigate the alleged rape incident at Provincial Capitol on May 25. Defensor said the 'effectiveness' of the security personnel in the building will also be reviewed. (PNA Photo by Gail Momblan)
ILOILO CITY -- Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. on Thursday formed a fact-finding team that would look into the alleged rape of a masseuse by a guard at the Provincial Capitol.
The Office of the Governor on Tuesday received a letter from the complainant, a 45-year-old woman, requesting an immediate investigation on the alleged sexual assault on May 25.
The complainant, who claimed that a provincial guard asked for a massage service, accused the customer of rape, which allegedly happened inside an office of a Provincial Board Member.
Executive Order 184 signed by Defensor stated the “need to conduct an investigation” on the allegations stipulated in the letter of the complainant “to determine its veracity.”
The fact-finding team is composed of lawyer Manuel Gemarino of the Provincial Legal Office as chairman; and Alma Ravena of the Human Resource Management and Development Office, Aaron Raymundo of the General Services Office (GSO), and lawyer Mae Therese Albacete of the Provincial Legal Office as members. Defensor said the order will take effect immediately.
As of Friday, the GSO has not yet received an explanation from the provincial guard.
Raymundo, officer-in-charge of the GSO, was on official travel.
An officer of the GSO informed the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the accused has already secured a lawyer and will release a statement no later than June 12.
Defensor has earlier stated that the Capitol will re-assess the “effectiveness” of security personnel.
Although Raymundo has said that the GSO conducts regular action planning of security personnel, some incidents, like the alleged rape, have happened “because of the attitude of some personnel.”
The Capitol has been generally safe for employees and the public even in non-working hours, Raymundo said. (PNA)