Southern Leyte vice governor to answer allegations of rape of minor – Ombudsman

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by Allan Yves Briones

Southern Leyte Vice Governor Christopherson Yap was asked by the Office of the Ombudsman to respond to rape allegations filed by a 17-year old in 2018.

“Additional evidence, testimonial or documentary pertinent to the … cases should be brought along during the scheduled clarificatory hearing,” the Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas said in a notice of hearing released July 29.

According to the Deputy Ombudsman, Yap should appear before the graft investigation and prosecution officer next week, August 28, at the Ombudsman-Visayas office in Cebu.

“Motion for postponement and similar dilatory motions including, but not limited to motions for resetting etc., are prohibited pleadings,” the notice read.

In February 19, 2018, a minor, with the help of Case Against Violence Visayas, filed charges under Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act against Yap for allegedly raping her.

Detailed in her affidavit, she claimed that Yap first raped her in a car back in November 2017. She was allegedly gotten drunk by the vice governor with the help of his driver and assistant Romeo Gonzales.

Yap allegedly attempted a second try two weeks later in the comfort room of a gasoline station he owned.

Yap is also facing administrative complaints for grave misconduct and violations of the public officials’ Code of Conduct.

The Deputy Ombudsman’s call for a hearing is meant to assist the ongoing investigation by clarifying certain facts alleged in both parties’ affidavits. #