ANGELES CITY, Pampanga, Philippines—Police arrested Friday a 32-year-old man accused of raping his 90-year-old grandmother in the second known case of sexual abuse on an elderly woman in Pampanga.
"Allegedly, the suspect was under the influence of drugs," said Angeles City police chief Senior Superintendent Pierre Bucsit.
The suspect has been detained at the Angeles City jail following the filing of a rape case by his mother, it was learned.
The old woman reportedly managed to cry out for help as her grandson sexually abused her on August 14 in their home in the village of Balibago here.
Last New Year’s eve, an 81-year-old wheelchair-bound woman was raped by a relative of her caretaker in the province's capital city of San Fernando, a copy of a complaint filed at the prosecutor's office on January 2 showed.
A father and his two sons, all neighbors of the old woman, managed to stop the suspect from further abusing the victim.
The witnesses reported seeing the old woman kicking the man and hearing her shout at him.
One of the witnesses thought that the man, who was 31 years old, was only changing the diaper of the old woman at past 9 p.m.
The incident saw almost all the neighbors coming to the rescue of the victim, according to a village watchman who arrested the suspect.
Unlike in the Balibago incident when only the immediate relatives managed to come to the rescue, the first incident saw victim's neighbors mauling the suspect out of rage.
The man has been detained at the provincial jail following the filing of a rape complaint by the victim's daughter.
In San Fernando where much of the few rape cases are committed against minors (statutory rape), the abuse on the old woman shocked the community, according to policewomen assigned at the city's women desk.
Records showed the city had three statutory rape cases in 2006 and two in 2007.
Data obtained by the Philippine Daily Inquirer from the Department of Social Welfare in Central Luzon showed that while incidents of rape have slightly gone down in 2007, much of the victims were young women.
In 2006, community-based social workers reported 18 rape incidents in Aurora, nine in Bataan, 34 in Bulacan, 51 in Nueva Ecija, 44 each in Pampanga and Tarlac, and nine in Zambales for a total of 209. Three of the victims were men.
Figures in 2007 decreased to 190 with Aurora having seven cases; Bataan, 10; Bulacan, 25; Nueva Ecija, 48; Pampanga, 44; Tarlac, 50; and Zambales, six.
The DSWD recorded 41 victims of incest, 42 victims of acts of lasciviousness, 11 victims of prostitution and one victim of pedophilia.
In its six centers all over the region, the DSWD has provided shelter and care to 28 girls and women who were raped, 22 victims of incest, seven victims of acts of lasciviousness and 30 sexually exploited women.( Inquirer.net)