In what is now the local courts’ record, a baker from Gigmoto has been charged with 161 counts of rape committed against his own daughter since mid-2019 until early this year.
The number one Most Wanted Person in the province, Anthony Pitogo Reformina, 42, did not resist when he was arrested last Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, at 11:30am at his residence in barangay Sioron by elements of the Gigmoto municipal police station led by PCpl Nicolas Bo Jr. and under direct supervision of Captain Lester Quililan, together with personnel of Provincial Intellegence Branch (PIB) and the Catanduanes 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company, 2nd Platoon.
Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 43 Presiding Judge Lelu P. Contreras has issued the arrest warrant against Reformina just days after the Provincial Prosecution Office filed the multiple rape cases, now docketed under Criminal Case Nos. 7844 to 8004, with no bail recommended.
According to the investigation conducted by the Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) of the town police, the sexual abuse was committed by Reformina from June to December 2019, January to May 2020, October to December 2020, and January to February this year.
The accused was able to freely abuse his minor daughter as she and her four other younger siblings were in the house together with their father.
The police report did not state why the children’s mother was no longer with the family or whether she had already died or separated from her husband and left the children in his care.
Unable to bear the repeated sexual abuses inflicted by his father on his sister, the victim’s youngest brother decided to inform their grandmother, who lives just near their house, this February 2021.
Authorities immediately rescued the victim and her siblings and placed them in a safe place while the complaint was prepared.
At the police station where he was detained, Reformina reportedly expressed remorse for what he did to her daughter but the latter firmly told the police that he should pay for his crimes.
“The police will closely monitor the progress of the case and we will make sure the justice will be done,” the Gigmoto police officer-in-charge stated.
He encouraged other victims of abuse in the community not to hesitate in seeking the assistance of the authorities to prevent and stop such violations of law.