Women's party-list group Gabriela on Tuesday reminded the incoming administration to also purge police and military ranks of rapists, abusers and sex offenders.
Just last week, the women's group monitored news reports of a rape case of a 13 year-old girl involving a police officer in
. Valenzuela City
Gabriela Women's Party Representative Emmi De Jesus also noted that since 2012, the GABRIELA National Alliance has handled at least eight cases of rape involving police and military personnel and that human rights group Karapatan has documented at least 10 cases of rape perpetrated by the AFP.
"Napakaraming mga kaso ng pang-aabuso kung saan sabit ang mga pulis at sundalo lalo na ng ipatupad ng gubyernong Aquino ang Oplan Bayanihan. May mga kabataan at kababaihan ring nahuhuli sa kasong bagansya at paglabag sa curfew na madalas nabibiktima ng kapulisan. Sa inaasahang paghihigpit ng administrasyon sa usaping ito maaaring maging vulnerable pa rin sa abuso ang maraming kababaihan,” de Jesus said.
According to the veteran lawmaker, the failure of the concerned agencies to apprehend abusers in the police and military has bred a culture of impunity.
“These cases will continue to rise for as long as perpetrators are not apprehended," she concluded.