Lawmakers over the weekend called for the immediate arrest of former vice mayor Romeo Borja Jr. of Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija, in the wake of a resolution from the Department of Justice finding probable cause and recommending the filing of charges for 22 counts of rape against the former local government officer.
Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan of Gabriela said that it is highly probable that Borja will flee following the DOJ resolution and his loss in the recent elections.
“We are hoping for the courts’ immediate action on the DOJ’s recommendations. We cannot allow rapists to escape accountability,” Ilagan said.
In a resolution issued on May 14, 2013, the justice department recommended the filing of 22 counts of rape against Borja.
The complainant, “Mina,” has accused Borja of repeatedly raping her from October 2009 to April 2010.
Rep. Emmi de Jesus of Gabriela, meanwhile, hoped that the DOJ’s resolution on Mina’s case would embolden other victims to come out and pursue justice.
“Mina’s case is just one of the three cases in Pantabangan against the former vice mayor Borja that have been brought to Gabriela’s attention in the past year. It is believed that there are more victims of rape and sexual abuse in Pantabangan,” she said.
“We encourage other victims to join Mina and file a case to seek justice. We hope that the positive results of Mina’s case will help give them the courage to fight,” de Jesus said.