NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday ordered the conduct of summary dismissal proceedings against two members of the Quezon City Police District accused of demanding sex from a woman they accosted not for drugs but for mere illegal gambling on the streets.
According to the official, the victim who was identified only as ‘Maria’, sought the assistance of the NCRPO Regional Special Operations Unit and the Regional Women and Children’s Protection Desk last Monday evening in arresting the accused.
Around 11 p.m. that day, the NCRPO officers, in coordination with QCPD Station 4 commander Supt. Russel Cejas started working to verify the woman’s complaint, he said.
Eleazar said three hours later, one of the suspects, identified as PO1 Jayson Cudiamat Portuguez, 29, married, of Block 2, Lot 20, Kasamakay Home Owners, NPC Road, Bgy. Kaibigan, Caloocan City was arrested.
The second, identified as PO1 Severiano Montalban III, of 1824 Zenia St., Area B, Camarin, Caloocan City, failed to show up at the station despite prior notice.
Eleazar said their investigation showed that at 6 p.m. on All Souls’ Day, the complainant visited her live-in partner John Kenneth Carillo who was earlier arrested by operatives of the same station in Novaliches for alleged violation of Presidential Decree 1602 or illegal gambling.
Thereafter, the woman went to Plaza Nova to visit her friends. However, shortly after midnight of November 3, elements of the station’s Tactical Motorcycle Riders and Mobile Patrol Unit arrived and immediately placed the complainant and five other women under arrest for alleged violation of PD 1602. They were immediately brought to Quezon City General Hospital for medical examination.
The complainant further narrated that while they were at the QC General Hospital for medical examination, she approached one of the police officers who arrested them -- one Officer Montalban whom she identified thru his nameplate -- and pleaded with the latter to let her go since her husband was already incarcerated at the same station.
The woman said PO2 Montalban replied that she should give something in return for her request -- and that was, for her to have sex with him.
Out of fear of being incarcerated, the complainant gave in to the demand of “Montalban” and at about 1 a.m. of November 3, she agreed to have sex with the cop.
She was then brought by the two police officers in a dark portion of the QC hospital on board a police mobile pick-up vehicle and there, Montalban and ‘Maria’ had sex.
Afterwards, she was passed on to the other police officer, identified as ‘PO1 Portuguez,’ who did not have sexual intercourse with her but instead obliged her to indulge in other sexual acts.
After the woman’s ordeal in the hands of Police Officers Montalban III and Portuguez, the complainant was later dropped off at Buenamar Street in Novaliches proper. Meanwhile, the other arrested persons were brought to the QCPD Station 4 after medical examination.
Eleazar said that at 2 a.m. Tuesday, the complainant, together with the elements of the RSOU and the RWCPD positively identified PO1 Jayson Portuguez in the police line-up as the police officer who earlier asked her to perform sexual acts with him.
At that juncture, RSOU operatives placed PO1 Portuguez under arrest as he verbally admitted that he forced the victim to perform sexual acts for his pleasure. PO1 Severiano Montalban III, did not report for duty and that time remains at-large.
The arrested suspect was later brought to the RSOU office for investigation and proper disposition.
Eleazar was very displeased with the acts of the two policemen and ordered a total manhunt for Montalban who surrendered at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
A case for violation of Republic Act 8353 (The Anti-New Rape Law of 1997) was referred by the NCRPO before the QC Prosecutor’s Office against PO1s Portuguez and Montalban.
“The timing of this incident comes at the worst time. As police critics are still hitting the organization for the recent rape incident involving another policeman whom we arrested, this one now comes as if to confirm what some critics are saying,” an angry Eleazar said as he confronted the two.
“I encourage more victims of police abuse to come forward so we can really send the message to our policemen that reform is at hand. The PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde leading the way, is determined to rid our ranks of undeserving policemen,” he said.