A graduating class valedictorian was raped in Carcar City in Cebu on Sunday by a drug dealer.
The victim, who is set to graduate this month, said she was raped around 8 p.m. on Sunday in Brgy. Ocana in the said city.
The 16-year-old girl said she was on her way home after doing school project in an Internet cafe when she was attacked by the suspect who was armed with a knife.
The suspect, a known drug dealer in the area, then took her under a coconut tree and raped her.
The victim was found by her mother walking along the highway listless and dirty the morning after. She brought her to the police station after learning about the incident.
The victim said the suspect was wearing cargo shorts and a red basketball jersey. She also said she remembered him as having a tattoo on his right shoulder.
Police have identified the suspect as Santiago Powao, 33. They also seized some drug paraphernalia from him. He was still wearing the same clothes when police arrested him.
Medical examination revealed the student was indeed raped.
The victim, the eldest of four siblings, was still in state of shock and needed to undergo psychological tests.
[with reports from ABS-CBN News and PhilStar; photo: Google Images]