PRO8 nabs brgy
chairman for rape
By RPCRD, Police
Regional Office 8
September 19, 2012
CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K.
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The Regional Special
Operations Group of Police Regional Office 8 arrested a barangay
leader for a crime he committed more than a decade ago.
“The suspect went into
hiding after the perpetration of the crime and returned only to his
hometown after almost 10 years and was even elected as barangay
chairman”, PRO8 Director PCSupt Elmer Ragadio Soria informed.
Soria identified the suspect
as Dindo Contridas y Centino, 33 years old, single with live-in
partner and Barangay Chairman of Brgy Maputi, in Zumarraga, Samar, an
island town situated southwest of the capital of Catbalogan City and
is an hour motorboat ride from Samar’s capital.
Centino was arrested while
having a drinking spree with friends at Pier 1 site, Brgy 6,
Catbalogan City at around 11:30 o’clock in the morning of September
18, 2012 by elements of Regional Special Operation Group 8 led by
PInsp Constantino Jabonete, Jr.
He was nabbed by virtue of
an arrest warrant issued by Hon. Judge Agerico A. Avila of the
Regional Trial Court, 8th Judicial Region, Branch 29, Catbalogan City
docketed under Criminal Case No. 5678 of the crime of Rape with no
bail recommended for his temporary liberty and is now detained at the
Samar Provincial Jail.
“Apparently, he thought that
the long arms of the law will not catch him, considering that he
committed the offense many years ago”, the top police official said,
further noting that Contridas even had an active account in the social
network site, Facebook.
The rape incident transpired
sometime in year 2001 at Pier 2 Site in Catbalogan City when the
suspect allegedly raped his drinking buddy who was unconscious at the
time. He went into hiding after the incident and returned in 2010. In
the October 25, 2010 barangay elections, he was elected as village
chairman of Brgy. Maputi, also in Zumarraga, Samar.
Under RA 8353 or The
Anti-Rape Law of 1997, rape is committed by a man who shall have a
carnal knowledge of a woman through force, threat or intimidation;
when the offended party is deprived of reason or otherwise
unconscious; by means of fraudulent machination or grave abuse of
authority and when the offended party is under 12 years of age or is
demented, even though none of the circumstances already mentioned are
With the abolition of the
death penalty, it carries a sentence of reclusion perpetua or
20 years and one day to 40 years imprisonment.
“It is not enough that cases
are filed against criminal suspects. Arrest of wanted persons plays a
vital role in the performance of the PNP’s core functions. It is with
this context the PRO8 had intensified the implementation of LOI
Manhunt: CHARLIE, the PNP’s campaign for the neutralization of wanted
persons’, PCSupt. Soria ended.