Chairman Francis Tolentino of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday offered a P200,000 reward money to anyone who could provide information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects in the recent spate of rape cases at the Magallanes Interchange in Makati City.
“We have to take these incidents seriously and act quickly for the arrest of the suspects,” Tolentino said.
Recently, three victims, a 21-year old student, a 14-year old, and a 19-year old transgender, were abducted in the area by three men on board a heavily-tinted van, and were sexually-molested inside the vehicle.
According to the 21-year old victim, she was walking along EDSA-Magallanes when a van stopped in front of her and three men who were wearing bonnets grabbed her into the van, forced her to sniff something from a handkerchief, and sexually-assaulted her. She was left for dead at a side of a highway in Malolos, Bulacan.
A similar incident also happened to a 14-year old student who managed to escape when the van stopped at a gasoline station.
Similarly, it has been reported in the papers that a 19-year old transgender woman was on her way to school when three men on board a heavily-tinted van grabbed her and pushed her inside the vehicle in broad daylight at the Magallanes Interchange near Edsa and sexually abused her.
According to the MMDA chief, additional CCTV cameras will be installed within the vicinity to augment the current monitoring system. “I will also ask the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to assign additional personnel to serve as crime deterrent.”
Meanwhile, for his part, Senior Supt. Ernesto Barlam, chief of Makati City Police said that they are now conducting thorough investigation and solve the reported three separate abduction in Makati involving two women and one transgender. PNA