Woman who accused Cebu City cops of torture, rape shot dead

A woman who accused Cebu City police of extortion, torture, and rape was killed at around 7 pm on Monday, April 19.

Police Major Alejandro Batobalonos, chief of the Integrity Monitoring and Enhancement Group Visayas Field Unit (IMEG-VFU), confirmed this on the same evening. 

Batobalonos told Rappler in a phone interview that the woman was shot dead along N. Bacalso Avenue in Cebu City by unidentified assailants.

The victim was identified as Ritchie Nepomuceno, a 35-year-old woman from Minglanilla town, in Cebu. 

“Gipatay gyud siya sa may N.Bacalso sa may Barangay Basak Pardo,” he said. (She was killed on N. Bacalso near Barangay Basak Pardo.)

Nepomuceno was among at least three victims who claimed they were tortured by at least 11 cops inside a secret room at the Pasil Police Station 6 (Sawang Calero Police Station) in Cebu City.

On April 6, the said secret room disappeared after the Commission on Human Rights in Central Visayas attempted to inspect the Sawang Calero Police Station. – Rappler.com