Army colonel accused of attempted rape

The victim, a government employee, said she decided to file the case because she wanted justice for herself and “so that the Army officer learns his lessons well.”

In her sworn statement submitted to the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Maguindanao, the complainant said the incident took place last February 17, 2006 at the sleeping quarters of the officer in their battalion headquarters in a remote town in Maguindanao.

The complaint sheet had been logged as L.S. case number 2006-K-0212 and filed last week for evaluation and subsequent resolution by Maguindanao Provincial Prosecutor Rudolfo Yanson.

The suspect was said to have first invited the victim to their headquarters for a post-Valentines party.

The victim alleged that upon reaching the headquarters, she was stunned to find out that there was no party at all.

“The Army colonel then and there willfully, unlawfully, feloniously, and taking advantage of his position and superior strength, with carnal or lewd designs, locked the room then went to embrace me to have carnal knowledge which I immediately parried and run around the tables,” she said.

She said she resisted until she was able to kick the suspect and get out of the room.

A former intelligence officer of the battalion under the suspect corroborated the statement of the complainant.

Col. Julieto Ando, civil-military relations chief of the 6th Infantry Division based Camp Siongco in Maguindanao, said he has yet to receive a copy of the complaint.

The complaint could be the basis for filing an administrative case against the officer, Ando explained as he stressed the 6th ID is concerned with protecting the image of the division as a ‘peacekeeping unit.’

The suspect was assigned as battalion commander in Maguindanao and was transferred to a unit in North Cotabato.

Earlier, he was commended by a top local government official in North Cotabato for rejecting bribe money from another local official accused of multiple murder with multiple frustrated murder.

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