A police lieutenant is facing dismissal from the service after he was accused of raping a 24-year old alleged curfew violator inside the San Miguel Municipal Police Station in Bulacan.
Brig. Gen. Valeriano de Leon, director of the Police Regional Office 3, said he immediately ordered the relief and restriction of Lt. Jimmy Fegcan after learning that a woman who was accosted for curfew violation claimed that she was raped by the police officer.
“When the complainant already submitted an affidavit, I immediately ordered that this Lieutenant Fegcan be held under strict police custody to prevent him from escaping,” de Leon told the Manila Bulletin in a phone interview.
Fegcan reportedly heads a unit at the San Miguel Police Station.
The woman, on the other hand, was reportedly apprehended and taken to the police station for violating a curfew ordinance of the Local Government Unit.
At dawn on Wednesday, Fegcan allegedly took the victim to his quarters at the police station where he allegedly raped the victim.
“I ordered his immediate relief pending the investigation being conducted. We will not
condone this misdemeanor and appropriate charges will be filed against him, both administrative and criminal if warrants,” said de Leon.
The suspect is temporarily detained at San Miguel Municipal Police Station awaiting inquest proceedings for allegedly violating Republic Act No.8353 or Anti- Rape Law.
The case, according to de Leon, was already filed on Thursday.
“This is a clear manifestation of our keen determination to remove misfits among the ranks of our organization,” said de Leon.
This is not the first time that a policemen was accused of abuse of power to implement the quarantine rules.
Early in July, two policemen from the Ilocos Sur—identified as Police Corporals Rady Ramos and Marawi Torda—were accused of raping an 18-year old curfew violator and sexually molesting her 15-year old cousin.
The 15-year old was able to escape—the reason why she was not raped— from the two cops who were drunk. She then filed a case against the two policemen but was shot dead on her way home from the police station.
Charges of rape and murder were already filed against Torda and Ramos.