The Philippine National Police (PNP) has logged an average of eight sexual assault cases a day since the start of the community quarantine period.
The PNP reported that 602 people throughout the country were raped from March 17 to May 23 or an average of eight persons daily.
The PNP did not reveal the number of cases for various areas or number of children among the victims.
The total number of victims is 53% lower than the 1,289 cases documented from Jan. 9 to March 16, or prior to the imposition of community quarantine.
Meanwhile, the PNP responded to allegations that some police officers at quarantine checkpoints were involved in sexual misconduct.
PNP chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa described as sweeping allegations by sources that some police officers allow women passage at checkpoints in exchange for sexual favors.
“I strongly urge those unnamed sources to immediately report to the PNP and file charges against suspected wrongdoers,” Gamboa said.
“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have police frontliners who risk their lives on a daily basis. It is unfair that they become part of an unfounded generalization simply because of the criminal actions of a few,” he said.