SERIAL RAPE CASE. Third District Representative Randy Ting, PNP-Cagayan Chief SSupt Warren Tolito, and Tuguegarao City police chief Supt. Edward Guzman during the press conference for the arrest of rape suspect Rowie Siddayao. Photo by Raymon Dullana

Nabbed ‘serial rapist’ in Tuguegarao a tricycle driver

Raymon DullanaRaymon Dullana is The Northern Forum's new editor in chief. He also works as correspondent for Rappler.com.

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- The alleged serial rapist arrested by authorities on Wednesday, April 25, is a tricycle driver, and had once used his occupation to victimize a teenager, police said.

In a press conference at the Tuguegarao City police station on Wednesday, Superintendent Edward Guzman, city police chief, said suspect Rowie Siddayao, 34, was positively identified by at least two of his victims.

An informant tipped off the police about the possible suspect after watching a press conference where the cartographic sketch of the suspect was released to the public and where Cagayan Third District Representative Randy Ting offered a P30,000 bounty on his head.

Five days after the said press conference, the suspect was arrested by two intelligence operatives in his house in Barangay Capatan in this city upon receiving an information from a confidential informant.

The suspect is now in the custody of police and is set to be initially charged with two counts of rape, with robbery.

Guzman also urged other victims, if any, to come out so appropriate charges will be filed against the suspect. He added they will also subject Siddayao to tests to determine if he had been taking illegal drugs.

5 victims on record

Two women came to the city police station to identify the suspect. One of them, a 34-year old saleslady, was allegedly raped by Siddayao at a cornfield on March 6 this year.

The other victim has also identified the suspect as she emotionally recalled how Siddayao and two others performed the crime.

But these were not the only cases police had found the suspect allegedly committed.

Siddayao was also charged with rape in May 2014, according to records of Don Domingo Police unit in this city.

Guzman said the case, however, was dismissed during the course of the trial as the victim had stopped attending the court hearings.

“Prior dito, May 2014, may rape case na kinakasangkutan ng suspek na ito, na nai-file ng Don Domingo PNP (Philippine National Police) pero during the course of the trial, hindi na nagpakita ‘yung victim kasi nahiya siguro kaya minabutin na alng niyang mangibang-bansa,” Guzman said.

Another rape case was filed against Siddayao by a resident of Baggao town in Cagayan, but it was already reached with amicable settlement for both parties.

Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent Warren Tolito, the provincial police chief, praised the police for their speedy resolution of the case, and Rep. Ting for offering reward money to aid the police in their duty. Northernforum.net