THE Philippine National Police (PNP) will look into the serious allegation that a police sergeant sexually abused a female motorcycle rider in Pampanga.
The order was given by PNP Chief, Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Tuesday, October 12, to look into the report that Police Staff Sergeant Robin Mangaga flagged down a motorcycle driven by the victim at a checkpoint in Mabalacat, Pampanga on October 8.
The victim admitted to having forgotten her driver’s license but instead of imposing sanctions based on traffic laws, the policeman took advantage of the situation to sexually abuse her.
According to the victim, her motorcycle was only released by the policeman after raping her. She immediately sought the assistance of her co-workers in filing a complaint against PSSgt. Mangaga.
“It frustrates and angers me that despite our repeated warnings and instituting reforms in our organization, there are still a few who wantonly abuse the authority bestowed unto them by the people,” said PGen Eleazar.
“But this will not discourage us in pursuing our reform program, but in fact, this serves as a motivation to continue our internal cleansing,” he added.
PGen Eleazar said that he had already instructed the Internal Affairs Service to expedite the conduct of the investigation based on the complaint lodged by the victim.
He said that the policeman involved was already disarmed and was placed under restrictive custody pending the result of the investigation.
“If it shows that indeed Police Staff Sgt. Robin Manganga perpetrated this abuse, I will see to it that he will be discharged from the service, and will certainly face criminal charges,” the Chief PNP emphasized.
PGen Eleazar assured the victim that the PNP leadership will assist her in seeking justice over the incident.
He also urged those victims of abuses of some law enforcers to come forward and seek the help of authorities to make those involved accountable for their actions.
“Don’t be afraid to file a complaint against those who break the law, including the police. The PNP is ready to help you seek justice and make those who committed crimes be punished under our laws,” the Chief PNP said.