MANILA, Philippines - A 50-year-old Filipino was arrested by Saudi police last week after being accused of repeatedly forcing a 10-year-old girl to have sex with him at their compound at the Al-Ruwais district in Jeddah.
The suspect, identified only as Armando from Nueva Ecija, worked as a restaurant chef and lived in the same compound with the victim’s family.
According to the girl, Armando would call her to his home and force her to watch pornographic films before having sex with her.
"Pinapanood nya po ako nang mga sex video tapos pinapagaya nya po sa akin ang mga inaano ang mga nasa video na yun tapos sabi nya na huwag ko daw sabihin kahit kanino kahit sa magulang ko," the fourth-grader narrated, adding that that she was raped twice in a week.
(Translation: "He would force me to watch sex videos before asking me to imitate what I saw. He ordered me not to tell anyone – not even my parents – what we were doing.")
Armando also told her he wanted to have their child.
Fearing that their lives would be in grave danger, the victim hid the incident from relatives.
The girl’s mother, Liza, said she wouldn’t have known of her daughter’s rape if a neighbor had not tipped her of Armando’s "strange" behavior toward her child.
The neighbor suspected something was wrong when he caught the 50-year-old man allegedly bringing food to the young girl.
When Liza confronted her daughter, the girl finally broke her silence.
"Hindi pa nagsasalita ang anak ko ay para na pong may malaking trak na bumundol sa dibdib ko, dahil may kutob na nga po ako (Even before my daughter spoke I felt like a huge truck had rolled over me because I was already suspecting something)," the teary-eyed mother said.
Liza then complained to Saudi police who immediately arrested Armando as he was about to leave for Hawaii at around 2 a.m. (Jeddah time) last Thursday (April 17) .
The victim’s aunt claimed that Armando offered to just settle the case outside the court to which they vehemently refused.
"Siya ay gumawa nang isang bagay na talagang kasuka-suka. Pagdusahan niya dapat ang kanyang ginawa sa lupa at managot sya sa itaas kung ano ang magiging hatol sa kanya (He did something very disgusting. He should suffer for what he did and I hope the Lord will judge him accordingly)," the girl’s aunt said.
The family is preparing charges against the suspect. - Ronaldo Concha, GMANews.TV