- About Us
gabriela solons seek justice for pantabangan rape victoms; joins "Jasmin" in filing rape case against vice mayor borja
Press Release Posted on May 7th, 2012.
Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan, 0920-9213221
Rep. Emmi De Jesus, 0917-3221203
Jang Monte, 09174049119
Wena Festin, 09156349308
Gabriela Women’s Party Representatives Luz Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus today joined "Jasmin" as she files rape case against Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija Vice Mayor Romeo R. Borja, Jr. at the Department of Justice. Jasmin accused Vice Mayor Borja of repeatedly raping her since June 2011 amid Borja’s threat to harm and even kill her and her family if she did not agree to meet him at his will. Jasmin is now eight months pregnant with Borja’s child.
Rep. Ilagan stated that “The rape and abuse of women in Pantabangan will continue with impunity and women will always live in fear as long as justice isn’t served. Their assailant, powerful and wealthy as he and his family may be, must be made accountable for this heinous crime. We must continue to rage against rape especially if the accused is a public official who use and abuse their power to inflict violence.
” According to Jasmin, she draws strength from her resolve to seek justice and from the support given to her. “Dapat pong pagbayarin ang nagkasala sa batas. Lumabas ako at nagsampa ng kaso laban kay Vice Mayor Borja para ipabatid ang nangyari sa akin at humanap ng hustisya”.
Meanwhile, a prior victim of Vice Mayor Borja also joined Jasmin's quest for justice. "Mina", a former helper in the Borja household has already filed a rape case in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija and is awaiting decision. She is now a mother to Borja’s X-month old baby. “Susuportahan ko po si Jasmin sa laban niya para sa katarungan at hustisya. Katulad ni Jasmin, biktima rin ako ng sekswal na pang-aabuso ni Vice Mayor Borja. Dapat na talaga syang magbayad sa kanyang mga krimen."
Initial reports from the Gabriela Women’s Party chapters in Nueva Ecija reveal that Jasmin and Mina were not the only victims in the small Nueva Ecija town. Jasmin and Mina both called on other victims to join them, “Nananawagan po kami sa iba pang mga biktima na manindigan at lumaban. Nananawagan po kami na samahan ninyo kami sa laban na ito para sa hustisya.”
“Gabriela’s experience show that rapists in government offices can and will offer bribes, threaten families, destroy reputations and buy out judges. It will be an uphill struggle for Jasmin and Mina but we are ready to support them as well as other victims of rape who are ready to come out and seek justice. We believe Jasmin and Mina’s fight will also serve to empower other women who have fallen victim to the Borjas to come out and seek justice,” Rep. de Jesus said.
The solons agreed that surviving rape and the struggle for justice will never be easy and that Jasmin and her family will need all the support they can get in the face of a powerful opponent.
Gabriela Women’s Party particularly enjoins all concerned citizens of Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija to rally behind the call JUSTICE FOR JASMIN AND MINA! JUSTICE FOR ALL THE VICTIMS OF VICE MAYOR BORJA.
|Jasmin Case.odt||4.23 KB|