By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents rescued a 31-year-old woman from her alleged suitor who held her captive for more than a week in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.
Atty. Ferdinand Lavin, NBI-Bacolod head, told reporters that they are filing kidnapping with serious illegal detention and multiple rape against a certain Gilbert Esquadro, 34, of San Carlos City based on a complaint by the victim whose name is being withheld.
Lavin said the victim, believed to be a common law wife of a German national, was rescued from Esquadro after her helper sought their help.
The victim narrated that the suspect forced her to go with him last July 18, 2012 and was brought to a safe house near a bus terminal and later transferred to the Skyland Hotel in San Carlos City.
The victim claimed that she was raped by the suspect twice a day aside from being beaten.
She also accused the suspect of shooting her last year.
She said was force to go with the suspect every time he picks her up because he threatened to harm her family.
But Esquadro claimed that he and the victim have been living together for the past two years and that she was making a scenario because her German partner is arriving in the country soon.
She has been going with me on her own volition and there was no rape, he added.
Esquadro said victim’s family is against their relationship that is why they meet secretly. He also denied shooting the victim claiming that it was a case of accidental firing when her relatives tried to manhandle him.
The bruises in the head and arm of the victim were due to a fall because the victim who cannot walk steadily.
Lavin said that they were supposed to conduct the rescue the other day but learned that the suspect was with armed men, thus they waited for the opportunity until the suspect transferred the victim to the hotel.