Authorities arrested church musical director of a religious group who allegedly raped two teenage boys in Navotas last night, Thursday.
Police have identified the suspect as Alfredo Molina, 47, a born-again Christian, a resident of Tugatog, Malabon City.
Barangay patrols were making rounds at 10.30 pm in L.R. Yangco St. in the said city when they noticed shadows on a parked jeep.
When officers approached the jeep, they caught the suspect performing oral sex to the two 13-year-old teenagers alternately.
The suspect was immediately arrested, along with two teenagers. The police then took the three to the police precinct.
The two teenage boys raped by church musical director were Rolan and Romy, not their real names.
The parents of the two teenage boys filed a complaint at the Women’s Children and Concerned Desk in Navotas against the suspect for sexually abusing their sons.
The suspect is now facing rape charges or violation of Republic act 7610 or child abuse.
Rape of males in the Philippines
Before the 1997 amendment of the Revised Penal Code of 1930, male victims of abuse were not acknowledged under Philippine law. Article 266-A of the law defines rape by “an act of sexual assault” by any person either by “inserting his penis into another person’s mouth or anal orifice” or inserting “any instrument or object, into the genital or anal orifice of another person.” The 1997 amendment allowed the legal recognition of rape of males, both by other males and by females.
According to the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR) records, one child is raped every hour in the Philippines as of 2017. The issue of rape in the Philippines is an ongoing battle cry for women’s rights.