Cop rapes rookie policewoman in Puerto Princesa

Rambo Talabong
Police Officer 3 Jernie Ramirez, an assistant instructor at the Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center in Puerto Princesa City, has been detained at the Palawan capital's police office

POLICE RAPE. The suspect is an assistant instructor at the Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center in Puerto Princesa City. Rappler file photo

MANILA, Philippines – A policeman was arrested in Puerto Princesa in Palawan on Monday, November 12, after allegedly raping a rookie policewoman who was training under him.

According to the police report of the Puerto Princesa City Police Office, rookie policewoman Josefa (not her real name) was on Sunday night patrol with a companion inside the Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center in Barangay Sta Lourdes, when one of their assistant instructors approached them.

Puerto Princesa cops said Police Officer 3 Jernie Ramirez “forced” Josefa to continue her patrols with him instead.  (READ: Drug war to deter rape? 16 cops in 8 cases — study)

“The suspect then pushed the victim at the dark portion of a female CR (comfort room) and kissed her lips. He threatened the victim and brought her to a certain room [on] the 2nd floor of an old building, then took advantage of his superior strength and raped the victim,” the police report read.

Josefa reported the incident at around 5:45 pm to another assistant instructor, who then informed the course director. The course chief then immediately ordered for the arrest of Ramirez.

Ramirez was arrested just 30 minutes after. Faced with a rape complaint, he had been detained in the Puerto Princesa City police office.

Josefa and Ramirez’s case comes just 5 days after two Quezon City cops were arrested for forcing a female suspect up for booking procedures to have sex with them in exchange for her freedom.

Just 9 days prior to the Quezon City incident, a Manila cop was nabbed after he allegedly raped a 15-year-old, promising freedom for her detained parents. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.