ZAMBOANGA CITY: Two rookie policemen from the southern Philippines were added to the growing list of police scalawags after they were arrested for allegedly detaining and raping a teenage student and forcing her to use illegal drugs.
The arrest of the two suspects PO1 Bedeti Gani and PO1 Kayser Hayudini, both natives of Sulu province and assigned in separate stations in Zamboanga Sibugay province, came as the national police leadership reels with the sudden breakdown in discipline in its ranks due to the involve-ment of several cops in high profile cases recently.
The suspects are now detained on charges of rape and serious illegal detention and could face additional charges if it is proven that they used illegal drugs.
Their 18-year old victim claimed the suspects detained her for three days inside a boarding house in Ipil town until she managed to escape on September 10 and reported her harrowing ordeal to the local police.
The two reportedly befriended the victim who was introduced to them by another student—who was also arrested by the police for allegedly pimping her.
The victim said the house owner helped her escape after which responding policemen recovered drug paraphernalia inside the room where the victim was detained by the two cops.
The Philippine National Police has been trying to cleanse its ranks of rogue cops after at least a dozen policemen, including several officers, were recently implicated in a highway robbery and kidnapping of two Filipinos along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue in Mandaluyong City, and a Chinese national in Bulacan province.