2 cops tagged in murder of 15-year-old girl in Ilocos Sur

Rambo Talabong

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The 15-year-old girl was slain by riding-in-tandem killers on Thursday night, July 2, after accusing one of the cops of molesting her

LAW ENFORCER. A Philippine policeman stands guard as people queue to register with the police during the mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan. File photo by Ted Aljibe/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Two cops were detained and accused of being behind the killing of the 15-year-old girl in Ilocos Sur who was shot dead after filing a molestation complaint with the police.

In a statement, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Sunday, July 5, that the Ilocos Sur Provincial Police Office filed murder complaints against Staff Sergeant Randy Ramos and Staff Sergeant Marawi Torda on Friday, July 3.

“They are not men in uniform but animals who deserve to be jailed for life. Walang awa, walang puso, walang kuwentang pulis (They have no mercy, they have no heart, they are worthless cops),” said PNP chief General Archie Gamboa in the statement.

What did they allegedly do? A 15-year-old girl was shot dead by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, on Thursday night, July 2, after filing a molestation complaint with the Cabugao town police station against Torda.

In a phone interview with Rappler, Ilocos Sur police chief Colonel Ronald Tagao said they still do not know whether the cops themselves shot the girl dead, but they believe that the two were involved in the murder in some way.

“It is still up for investigation,” he said.

Ramos, meanwhile, is also facing a rape complaint lodged by the murdered girl’s 18-year-old cousin.

Citing Cabugao cops, the PNP said the two girls were sexually harassed by the cops after they were arrested for violating curfew. The 15-year-old girl managed to escape and file a complaint before she was killed. (READ: The many faces of sexual harassment in PH)

As of Sunday, the two cops were detained at the Ilocos Regional Police Office at Camp Florendo in San Fernando City, La Union. – Rappler.com

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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.