An 80-year-old Tagbanua woman who was raped in a remote village in Aborlan town has identified her attacker in a police line-up through his hair, smell, and the bite wound she left on his left hand.
Town police chief P/Maj. Benigno Conde said Monday night that the elderly victim who was raped in the afternoon of July 2 in Barangay Sagpangan, Aborlan, was able to identify 42-year-old Joseph Omambang as the one who punched her on the ribs and sexually assaulted her.
“Noong nandito na sa station [noong Friday], nagkaroon kami ng police line up. Pina-identify namin kay lola kung sino doon sa naka-police line up. Tsinek niya bawat isa at ‘yon naituro niya itong isa (Omambang), ‘yong buhok at yong amoy at ito ay may kagat sa kaliwang kamay,’’ Conde told Palawan News.
“Base po sa salaysay at sa mga witnesses, naisampa na natin ang kaso sa piskalya. Itong suspect nag-undergo na ng inquest proceedings noong Sabado,” he added.
Conde said Omambang was charged for violating Republic Act 8353 or the Anti-Rape Law.
Conde said that the elderly victim was out on an errand near a river when Omambang appeared and dragged her to a bushy area where he punched her on the ribs and raped her.
He said the victim was unable to shout for help because Omambang covered her mouth. The elderly woman bit him, but she was no match to his weight and height.
“Sinuntok ng suspek itong matanda sa may tagiliran sa kaliwa tapos pinahiga tinanggalan ng pang-ibaba at ginahasa siya. Tinatakpan din ang kanyang bibig kaya hindi siya makasigaw at ang nangyari, nakagat niya yong kamay ng suspek,” he added.
Conde said Omambang also became their person of interest because he was the only person in the area who was not a relative of the elderly victim.
“Ang area kasi halos magkakamag-anak yong ating mga katutubong Tagbanua. Mga kamag-anak ni lola, mga apo niya. Parang siya na rin ang person of interest kasi nag-iisa lang siyang hindi kamag-anak,” he said.
(With a report from Ruth Rodriguez)