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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

2 suspects for child abuse in Caraga arrested

BUTUAN CITY -- Two suspects both wanted for violation of Republic Act No. 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act, were arrested in separate law enforcement operations conducted by Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga on Tuesday, May 17.

Police Brigadier General Romeo M. Caramat, Jr., Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 director, identified the suspects as Manolita D. Jacinto, 75 years old, a resident of Purok 1, Pier, Barangay Trinidad, Surigao City, and Evelyn D. Barantes, 63 years old, a resident of Brgy. Tigbao, Cagdianao Dinagat Islands.

Jacinto was arrested by personnel of Surigao City Police Station around 10:32am supported by an  arrest warrant issued by the RTC Branch 32, Surigao City, dated November 11, 2021, under Criminal Case No. 15819. Based on the investigation conducted by Surigao City police, the suspect assaulted a 17-year-old female in January 2021.

Meanwhile, Barantes was arrested around 9:10pm during the operation launched by personnel of Dinagat Islands Provincial Intelligence Unit and Cagdianao Municipal Police Station by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by the RTC Branch 32, Surigao City, dated April 26, 2022, under Criminal Case Number 2373. According to the report from Cagdaniano Municipal Police Station, Barantes physically abused a 12-year-old boy in December 2021.

“Both cases are rooted in the quarrels of their grandchildren. I want to remind parents and grandparents not to resort to violence.  At all times. they should consider the protection of the children and grandchildren. Remember that we have laws that protect these children from abuse, and anyone who violates  such shall face the consequences of their actions,” Director Caramat, Jr. said. 

The court sets Php80,000 as bail for both cases. (PMaj. Dorothy M. Tumulak, Police Regional Office-13/PIA-Surigao del Norte)