DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 July) – Elements of the Talomo police station here arrested Tuesday night former journalist Romeo O. Elusfa for allegedly
raping his daughter.
Supt. Julius Silagan, Talomo police chief, said the warrant against Elusfa, 49, cited that the latter raped his daughter in 2004 when she was still 13.
They were reportedly living in Kidapawan City back then.
Police said Elusfa did not resist arrest but showed what was supposed to be an affidavit of desistance from his daughter saying that her father was
drunk when the rape took place. But Silagan said the affidavit is not yet in effect since the court has yet to act on the case.
Silagan said they received the copy of the arrest warrant week.
The police chief said they have already coordinated with Kidapawan police for the transfer of the suspect.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Elusfa is still at the Talomo police station jail.
The Regional Trial Court in Kidapawan City issued the warrant of arrest February this year after prosecutors Mary Christine B. Prudenciado and
Robie Ann G. Solacito found there was “probable cause” to file rape and attempted rape charges against the former journalist.
The prosecutors’ joint resolution cited that the attempted rape happened sometime in April 2003 at their rented house in Kidapawan while the rape
took place the following year.
It quoted the victim’s statement that her father was drunk when the alleged rape happened.
The prosecutors recommended a P200,000 bail bond for the attempted rape case but no bail bond for the rape case.
Elusfa, who also has two sons, used to contribute stories for MindaNews and various news outfits in Manila. He used to run a community newspaper along
with local journalists in Cotabato City from 1998 to 2003.
Sometime in 2008, he joined the peace group Bantay Ceasefire until 2012. (MindaNews)