WCPD Investigator releases gang rape suspects PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 17:06

A female investigator of the Women and Children Protection Desk was relieved after reportedly releasing three out of six suspects who were arrested for a gang rape incident in San Jose last week.

Supt Mark Azur, Criminal Investigation and Detective Management (CIDM) Chief, identified the investigator as SPO4 Soraida Aripin.

Aripin was placed under investigation for the release of the suspects, an act deemed beyond her jurisdiction.

Aripin’s superiors were not informed about her decision to release the suspects who were reportedly identified by the victim herself.

“She decided to release three out of the six suspects without informing her immediate superior.  It was her personal call to do it. These are the lapses which we are now investigating,” Azur said.

Chief Inspector Albert Sta Teresa, Police Station 11 Officer in Charge, confirmed that he was not informed about the decision to release the suspects despite his earlier directive to Aripin to thoroughly investigate the case.

“Instruction ko sa kanya, tutukan at bigyan ng necessary assistance ang victim but still she released the three suspects without informing me,” Sta Teresa said.

Aripin reasoned that the six suspects who were not released were not in the area where the rape incident occurred.

Sta Teresa however said that Aripin should have included the suspects in the complaint and let the Prosecutor decide on the culpability of the respondents.

Meanwhile, Tetuan Police Station Commander Supt Nonito Asdai expressed dismay on the outcome of the investigation.

He said that their efforts in conducting the hot pursuit which led to the immediate arrest of the suspects became futile after Aripin’s decision to release the latter.  (Bhong Simbajon/ RMN News)