Filipina in rape case vs Panamanian arrives at Senate probe

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MANILA, Philippines — The 19-year-old Filipino woman who has accused a Panamanian national of rape showed up Thursday at the Senate investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident and the eventual release of the suspect.

The victim, who is identified only as “Pamela” was recognized by Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto when the committee on foreign relations began its hearing shortly before 11:00 a.m.

It was Sotto who initiated the hearing in the Senate.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, in her opening statement, explained why her office could not stop the suspect, Erick Bairnals Shck, technical officer of the Panama Maritime Authority, from leaving of the country.

De Lima said the complaint filed against the suspect at the prosecutors’ office in Makati would have not been withdrawn if the Department of Foreign Affairs did not issue a certificate, saying that Shck is entitled to diplomatic immunity.

De Lima said she was also assured that talks between the DFA and Panamanian authorities were taking place on the possible waiver of the suspect’s immunity.

In fact, she said the Panamanian ambassador had sought an audience with her seeking assurances of a fair and speedy trial if and when they opt to issue the waiver.

“Unfortunately that did not come about,” De Lima said.

The Justice Secretary also reiterated that at this moment, she has no power to issue a hold departure order pending a temporary restraining order filed in court questioning the authority of her office to issue the same on the case of former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

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  • Elio Madama

    Next week I am going to have my own web page, so filipinos and foreigners can learn a lot about what is going on in Philippines and people don”t have any idea about  these things.

    • http://twitter.com/Paulovg12 Paulo Gervasio

      As Filipinos we love to interact with foreigners and show them our hospitality, we were brought up that way. However we expect them to be at their best behavior even as most of us are when we meet them. A visiting person who commits a crime in his host country shows contempt not only against the other person, but to the country and its people in general. Shks should be given his day in court to prove his innocence they shouldn’t have let him go or find ways and means to keep him until the truth surfaces. You Elio, dear sir are committing contempt against all of us. If you think so low of us why stay, why don’t you go and scram. That is also the reason why Delima is guilty of betraying the public trust.  The DFA and the immigration authority should seek you out and declare you persona non grata, you do not understand us, what are you here for anyway ungrateful wretch!

  • Hunter421

    Just heard about a case in the province of a 10-year-old girl who has been raped multiple times over the past couple of years by her uncle. The girl’s mother did nothing to stop it. Not a single newspaper is interested in that story…

  • White24

    HOY DE LIMA gaga ka,, hahhahaha tulungan mo ung kababayan mo, dakdak kalang ng dakdak,,,, ung mukha mong nagmamantika…. hehehhhehhheh

  • juantamadnatamad

    Bakit ang law enforcement ng Pilipinas mukhang effective lang laban sa mahihirap na Pilipino. Yung isang Heneral hindi mahuli pati ng yung dating gobernador ng Palawan. Kawawa naman si Mr. Visconde.

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