By NITZ ARANCON
and JOEY NACALABAN
AUTHORITIES are set to press charges against a church janitor who was arrested over the weekend for turning his own daughter into a sex slave for at least six years.
Maj. Mario Manlata Jr., Puerto police chief, said they would file the complaint against the suspect before the City Prosecutor’s Office anytime today.
This paper is withholding the name of the suspect because that would result in the identification of his 14-year-old daughter.
Police arrested the 39-year-old suspect at his home in Barangay Agusan, this city, and placed him under detention on Friday night.
Behind bars, the suspect, who worked as a janitor at a Baptist church in Agusan, confessed to sexually abusing his child for years.
The suspect claimed to be a military informer and a member of the “Philippine Movement Intelligence Group.”
Authorities said the suspect may have raped his own daughter more or less 50 times since she was eight years old.
Mantala said authorities arrested the church janitor at around 6 pm Friday because the 14-year-old victim mustered enough courage to come forward and complain.
A concerned neighbor helped the victim bring the matter to the police’s attention. Mantala said officers were moved when the victim confided that her father has been sexually abusing her for at least six years already, and she could not take it any longer.
This paper learned that the janitor and the victim’s mother have long separated and the latter married another man.
The Women and Children’s Protection Desk of the Puerto police station is taking care of the victim.
Mantala said aside from a rape case, the father would also be charged with illegal arms and ammunition possession before the local prosecutor’s office — the officers who arrested him found and confiscated a revolver and bullets.
The suspect however denied owning the gun, and accused the police of planting evidence.
At the Puerto police station, the janitor told reporters: “Tinood na, akong nahilabtan ang akong anak.”
He confirmed that he repeatedly abused his daughter since the child was eight years old, and the last time he forced himself on her was on Thursday morning.
Asked why he did that, he replied: “Natintal ra gyud ko.”
The man said he raped his own daughter everytime he was drunk. The man said he was remorseful now.