I was so excited after reading an article from a reporter working with the Manila Times.Net. At last a reporter was brave enough to bring to the attention of the public the evil actions of some CIDG members. The questionable activities of many of the men within the CIDG, particularly those connected with the CIDG Women's Desk have concerned many so called "rescued ladies" in the past. Additionally, it is alleged that some foreigners have also found themselves taken advantage of when in the clutches of these "honest men" in uniform. Supposedly one could find an unexpected outflow of cash after a period of discussing various aspects of criminal law and various penalties thereof. This reporter should be rewarded for his exposure of a practice that is all too common but never brought to the attention of the public:
Cop tormentor, no protector
COVERING the police beat for many years tends to “desensitize” reporters, interviewing victims of all sorts of crime everyday like I did.
They’re basically repeating tragic, true stories of the human condition, only with different characters and settings that I encountered daily.
Seeing an unidentified dead body found in a sack on a deserted alley too often is quite numbing, not a story anymore.
We’re supposed to be “objective” and not emotionally affected by news events, anyway.
There are certain cases, though, when one cannot help feeling for victims of violence.
And, it pains so much more to see a crime victim suffer aggravation in the hands of abusive authorities themselves.
One such instance is the case of a human-trafficking victim supposedly rescued by operatives of the Criminal Investigation Division Group (CIDG).
The Surigao lass was one of seventy or so prostituted girls hauled out of three KTV bars in Dau, Angeles City, Pampanga, over a week ago.
She thought she could finally return home without experiencing further molestation.
After all, she and the other trafficked women had been “saved from hell” by no less than the CIDG’s Women and Children Protection Desk unit under P/Supt. Emma Libunao. (A name all too familiar to expat residents of Angeles City)
It wasn’t freedom from hell just yet.
It was reported to me that the victim, after being extracted from the sex den, was abducted and sexually abused by one of the CIDG officers at a motel.
It has enraged me so much and it pains me—physically. I take this personally because of the fact that my own investigative news team from TV5’s Tutok Tulfo was with the CIDG-WCPD team in the rescue operation at Sunshine Bar and Blue Nile in Dau, Angeles City.
While my news team proceeded back to Manila, a CIDG team stormed into several other Angeles City bars, including the Golden Nile, Executive Bar and Cambodia on the notorious Fields Ave. in Angeles City.
CIDG Chief Supt. Samuel Pag-dilao ordered the operation following a complaint from the human rights group “Crusade Against Good Custom and Decency International.”
Two British and two Australian nationals, believed to be financiers of human trafficking were apprehended.
More than seventy young women, mostly recruited from poor barrios in the Visayas and Mindanao, were rescued and were to be processed for return to their hometowns.
Unfortunately, the Surigao lass was singled out among girls by this officer, who took her to a motel.
The victim was harassed and “blackmailed” into submission in exchange for her release from police custody and exempted from charges of prostitution.
What do you do when an agent of authority, who is supposed to protect you, chooses to harm you?
It is unbelievable what torment this young woman went through from being lured with false promises of a better life, only to be forced into prostitution, and then being assaulted by her supposed cop rescuer.
How can you not empathize with this crime victim, who’s aggravated by abuse of authority?
There must be a stronger word for this injustice committed by this maniac, and it leaves us no other word for it except “evil.”
This unconscionable crime calls for a full investigation. (You can bet your sweet ass this will never happen)
We challenge PNP Chief Director-General Raul Bacalzo to shed light into this case.