• Lawmaker seeks probe on death of Cebu coed

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    Women’s partylist group Gabriela has joined calls for justice for University of San Carlos student Karen Montebon.

    “Karen is the latest rape-slay victim that demonstrates the vulnerability of young women to violence. We join the demands for a thorough probe that will bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice,” said Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan.

    Rep. Emmi De Jesus for her part challenged authorities to resolve the case in the soonest possible time.

    “The challenge of bringing perpetrators to justice now lies in the hands of the local police as well as the entire Cebu community. If this case will not be resolved soon, this, like any other rape-slay case will be reduced to statistics and will only serve to highlight the incompetence of authorities and embolden perpetrators of violence.”

    Montebon, a first year accounting student at the University of San Carlos in Cebu was found dead inside their home in Barangay Suba-Maslog in Lapu-Lapu City at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. She had bruises and a cord of a hair straightener was tied around her neck.

    Physicians at the Mactan Doctors’ Hospital have confirmed that she died of strangulation and that lacerations in her sex organ suggest that she was raped.

    Leny Ocasiones, GABRIELA-Cebu Chairperson and a professor at the University of San Carlos said, “Let this tragedy be a lesson and a call for awareness, community action and a commitment for everyone to rage against rape and fight violence against women.”

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