Zamboanga evacuation center scandal: Minor rapes 6-year-old girl

A scandal involving a 12-year-old boy who allegedly raped a 6-year-old girl inside an evacuation center in Zamboanga is making headlines.

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The victim, who lives with her family in a makeshift tent at Zone D of the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, was reportedly sexually abused by her neighbor last week, reports ANC via Yahoo! News Philippines.

The suspect has been held under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development since he is a minor whose age is below the minimum age of criminal responsibility under Philippine law.

The DSWD has been accused of trying to silence the mother of the victim. No To Relocation Movement head Gammar Hassan alleged that camp managers tried to stop the relatives of the child when they were about to bring her to a medical center.

Hassan reportedly claimed that the agency is more "concerned of protecting the image of their office than the welfare of the minors who are being victimized by these rapists."

DSWD regional director Zenaida Arevalo vehemently denied the allegation, the report said, noting that the child was brought to the medical facility due to fever. Arevalo explained that the girl "was brought there three times" and "it was only on the third day it was learned that she was raped."

Meanwhile, Hassan's group said it's the 20th case they have monitored since September 2013, but DSWD records reportedly show there were only five.

Netizens slammed the Zamboanga evacuation center scandal and the government's alleged lack of action and implementation of preventive measures.