Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Philippines: Japanese Tourist, 41, Rape Hoax Used by Police to Extort Money

Yukiga Haga, 41, a Japanese tourist, has accused police officers of Manila Police District Station 5 of allegedly charging him of raping a 17-year-old college student because he refused to pay police  one million pesos ( US$23,453). 

As a result, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim revealed in a press conference yesterday (April 23) that the supposed victim was not raped at all, but rather Haga's arrest was nothing more than an extortion attempt on the part of several rogue Metro Manila police.

To support Mayor Lim's statement, the Japanese Embassy in Manila has obtained and presented an affidavit certifying that the alleged victim denies that she was ever raped at the Bayview Hotel on Roxas Boulevard on April 19, 2012. 

COMMENT: Fortunately for Mr. Haga, and thanks to the efforts of the Japanese Embassy, as well as Mayor Lim, it has been determined from both the alleged victim and her mother that the allegation was a hoax orchestrated by the police who arrested Mr. Haga.  

Unfortunately, police misconduct in the Philippines is a frequent occurrence with rogue cops often being involved in criminality themselves. Visitors and travelers alike are urged to register with their respective embassy and notify diplomats of any alleged misconduct on the part of local police. 

It should be noted that Mayor Lim, known throughout the Philippines as Fred Lim, served as a distinguished member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) before pursuing a political career. He is also a former senator and director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), which is the equivalent to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Mayor Lim is 83 years old.