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Filipina cries rape on cruise ship

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MANILA, Philippines—A Filipino woman working on a cruise ship has accused her Indian superiors of raping her.

In a letter to the Inquirer, the lawyer of the 32-year-old victim, Pedro Linsangan, said his client was raped on board the MV Costa Classica, an Italian-flagged vessel owned by Costa Crociere, in February last year.

The victim worked as a security guard on the cruise ship.

Linsangan said the suspects were two Indian nationals identified as Joseph Chacko and Anoop Palatty, chief security officer and assistant security officer, respectively, of the liner.

In her affidavit, the victim said she was on duty patrolling the ship’s crew area at around 11 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2012, when the ship-in-charge security officer, Mohammed Riyaz, told her to report to the security office.

The victim, whose identity was withheld, obeyed and found the two suspects in the office drinking liquor.

Indecent advances

She said that, initially, Palatty made indecent advances, but she was able to leave the room.

Before midnight, she said she was summoned again, this time to Chacko’s cabin. She went thinking it was official business.

She said she was surprised to find the two officers there still drinking.

The suspects initially discussed with her security procedures and a coming staff evaluation, the victim said, adding that she was told she would be rehired “because Chacko likes me and it is important that I make Chacko happy.”

The victim said Chacko sexually abused her as soon as Palatty left the cabin.

The victim said she tried to resist but she was overpowered by the suspect.

She said she reported the incident to the ship captain, Italian Pierre Paulo Gallastroni, who told her to make a statement.

The captain assured her he would notify the company head office in Genoa, Italy, about the incident, the victim added.

Linsangan said the victim also reported the crime to the Philippine consulate in Hong Kong where she filed her complaint.

Culprits escaped

“She submitted her written affidavit before a Philippine consular official. She was medically and physically examined by the Hong Kong officer,” the lawyer said.

The two culprits, however, were able to disembark in Hong Kong and escape before Hong Kong police could begin their investigation of the incident.

Linsangan said he forwarded the complaint to a collaborating lawyer in Rome, Italy. He said a complaint for damages was also filed in Genoa, Italy, where the judge has scheduled the trial for June 18.


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Tags: Cruise Ship , Global Nation , India , Italy , Overseas Filipino workers , Philippines , rape charge

  • R_RR

    The rape capital of the world – INDIA.

    • Jose Alfonso Nazareno

      Mismo bwahahahaha, kaya mga kabayan, mapa babae man, lalaki, bakla o tomboy, wag po kayu pupunta india at baka mapahamak pa kayu dun

  • maninoy

    I hope Ph government is serious in prosecuting the suspects.

  • Paul Kyl

    Indian gang rapists and Filipina LBFMs, now that’s a match made in heaven.

  • virgoyap

    Wala na! Saan na kaya sila ngayon?

    • Serom

      nag 5-6 na lang.

  • sasama

    ..tuliin kaagad ang mga yan at budburan ng asin pag nahuli…

  • mg2021

    popular sa mga indian ang mang rape..nasaan n ky ang mga hayop …. dapat pala sa cruise ship na puno ng indian employee magtrabaho si vice ganda.

    • ramontalban

      ‘pre, tao gusto ng mga indiano, di kabayo…

  • styx

    malamang pilipno bugaw niyan…..

    • Jr Derha

      daw?

    • ramontalban

      Oo nga, balita ko styx daw username nung bugaw…

      • styx

        hehe…iba raket ko boy…balato ko na sayo tutal pareho kayo ng level…maid in the pilipins…..

  • Serom

    Lusty indians on the loose!

  • Alexalbert Mistisma

    The indians are the worst sex predators in the world..!

    That is why they are nearly 1.5B

    • ramontalban

      Are you implying that the chinese are sex predators too?

      • Alexalbert Mistisma

        i am implying to the indians……..

  • doncleo

    Dapat isama nya sa demanda yung ship captain at kumpanya ng barko for damages kasi bakit pinayagan pa makaalis yung dalawang rapists.. dapat hinold na nung kapitan at tinurn-over sa mga pulis.



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