NBI: Prosecute American, 6 others for minor's death, rape
MANILA, Philippines – An American, his live-in partner, and 5 others were implicated by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Olongapo District Office (OLDO) in the November 2013 death and sexual assault of a 15-year-old in Zambales province.
In a letter to the provincial prosecutor of Zambales dated March 11 but released Monday, March 24, the bureau recommended the prosecution of Christian Blake Johnson, his partner Apple Kae Norombaba a.k.a Katrina Gelacio, Fernando Baleling, Marita "Mayet" Mayol, Malyn Yanoga Macao, KC Reyes, and a certain alias Myra. The recommendation came 4 months after the incident.
NBI-OLDO officer-in-charge Arnel Dalumpines forwarded for preliminary investigation his findings to the Olongapo City Hall of Justice, based on evidence related to the case, including the victim's narration of the rape incident prior to her eventual death.
The minor was said to be playing with her 5-year-old sister in front of their house on Nov 11, 2013 when Baleling and Mayol abducted her and brought her to a local club where her "torment" began. Gelacio, Johnson's live-in partner, is reported to be the owner of the club.
A day after the incident, the NBI report said, the victim was found in a "semi-conscious" state in a police station, where she was fetched by her parents to be brought home.
She was subsequently rushed to the hospital where she eventually died. The autopsy report on the victim showed fresh lacerations on her genitals.
The NBI-OLDO recommended that the 7 suspects be prosecuted for violation of Articles 335 and 342 of the Revised Penal Code (Forcible Abduction with Rape) in relation to Republic Act 7610 (Child Abuse Law), and violation of the Article 249 of the Revised Penal Code (Homicide) in relation to Republic Act 7610 (Child Abuse Law). – Rappler.com