Friday, 27 September 2013

Middle East labor attache charged with attempted rape

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News
Posted at 09/25/2013 3:06 PM | Updated as of 09/25/2013 4:42 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A male Assistant Labor Attache assigned to a Philippine Embassy in the Middle East is facing charges of attempted rape and 3 counts of abuses against chastity before the Department of Justice (DOJ) in connection with the alleged "sex-for-flight" controversy.

The official, whom the DOJ has refused to name, allegedly victimized "3 distressed female overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were seeking assistance from the Philippine Embassy."

The complaint stems from the Final Report submitted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) which conducted a probe into the alleged scheme.

Also recommended to be charged with attempted rape and Abuses Against Chastity is the driver of the Labor Attache.

The Report was submitted to the DOJ, through Prosecutor General Claro Arellano, for appropriate action, such as the conduct of preliminary investigation, as well as to the office of Labor chief Rosalinda Baldoz for appropriate administrative proceedings and further investigation into other possible violations of labor laws.

The names of the alleged perpetrators and victims are withheld "due to the nature of the cases recommended to be filed, the DOJ said in a press statement.


Contributed by Norhana Kamid

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