- Southern Leyte Governor Christopher Yap is being accused of rape
- The teenage victim said Yap first raped her in 2016
- The victim claimed the governor attempted to rape her again in November last year
A 17-year-old girl accused the governor of Southern Leyte of raping her in 2016 and claimed he tried to rape her again in November last year.
As per GMA News, the victim, a resident of Barangay San Jose, Sogod, Southern Leyte, claimed Governor Christopher Yap raped her in 2016 when he was still vice governor.
The first incident, according to the victim, took place inside Yap’s sports utility vehicle parked at a gasoline station. She said she did not report the abuse because Yap allegedly warned her.
“Pagkatapos n’ya akong halayin nu’ng 16 years old pa ako nu’n, binantaan n’ya ako. Sinabi n’ya sa akin na hindi ko raw ipagsasabi kasi alam ko daw na ano ‘yung kinatatayuan n’ya,” the victim said.
[After he raped when I was only 16-years-old, He warned me. He told me not to say anything because I knew his social standing]
The second incident occurred in November 2017. Yap allegedly tried to abuse her inside the toilet of the same gasoline station.
“Bibigay n’ya daw sa akin lahat, lahat-lahat, basta ‘wag daw ako mag-ingay. ‘Di daw ako magsumbong sa papa ko,” the victim recounted.
[He promised to give me everything if I will not create noise and not tell my father.]
Thelma Chiong of Crusade Against Violence accompanied the victim to file charges against Governor Yap.
The governor, according to GMA News, refused to issue a statement. It was his mother, Mrs. Amalia Yap, who gave a statement. She insisted that her son is a good person. She vowed to do everything to prove that her son is clean.