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2 Ilocos Sur cops charged with murder of 15-year-old girl

Two policemen in Ilocos Sur have been charged with the murder of a 15-year-old girl who earlier filed an acts of lasciviousness complaint against one of the suspects, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Sunday.

The PNP said murder charges were filed before the Provincial Prosecutor of Ilocos Sur against Police Staff Sergeants Randy Ramos and Marawi Torda from the San Juan Municipal Police Station on Friday.

The victim earlier filed a complaint against Torda for alleged acts of lasciviousness, while rape charges were also filed against Ramos by the victim’s 18-year-old cousin.

The two suspects are now under restrictive custody at the Ilocos Sur Police Provincial Office in Bantay town while awaiting further disposition.

According to the Cabugao Municipal Police Station, the two girls were arrested over a curfew violation and were allegedly drunk when the cops attacked them but the 15-year-old victim managed to get away.

PNP chief Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa said he wants the stiffest penalty for the two suspects.

“They are not men in uniform but animals who deserve to be jailed for life. Walang awa, walang puso, walang kwentang pulis,” he said in a statement.

Gamboa also ordered Police Regional Office 1 to provide security to the 18-year-old victim and her family and ensure the availability of all PNP prosecution witnesses in court proceedings to expedite the trial as well as administrative procedures. — Julia Mari Ornedo/BM, GMA News