The Center for Women’s Resources (CWR) sounded alarm over another alleged cop-perpetrated rape in Pampanga last week.
Police Staff Sergeant Robin Mangaga is now facing dismissal from the service after he was accused of raping a female motorcycle rider in Mabalacat, Pampanga on Oct. 8.
“Police-perpetrated violence against women has been a systemic issue, despite promises of reforms in the [Philippine National Police],” CWR said in a statement.
There have been at least seven reported cases of state-perpetrated violence against women since the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 to the present, including the rape-slay of a minor by two policemen in Ilocos Sur last year and at least two cases of police-perpetrated rape against women who have been apprehended for violating quarantine measures, according to CWR.
The group also recorded reports of “sex-for-pass” during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine.
CWR also noted that there have been 56 police officers who have been involved in 33 cases of abuse against women, including 16 cases of rape during the first two years of President Rodrigo Duterte in office, from July 2016 to March 2018.
“Pres. Duterte with his long list of disparaging remarks against women, blatantly enables perpetrators to commit violence against women. He himself has repeatedly and proudly violated women, and has never shown remorse in doing so,” it added.
CWR also expressed support in the passage of the amendments of the Anti-Rape Law and stressed that higher penalties need to be imposed on perpetrators who gravely abuse their power and commit heinous crimes.
“Women and children who are victims of violence have suffered too much, with the delays in the pursuit of justice, much more when perpetrators are in uniform. We must remain vigilant in holding perpetrators accountable and ensuring that those who continue to support such acts be removed from power.”