Press Statement: July 9, 2012
Spokesperson: Mr. Benjie Valbuena, Vice-Chairperson; Cellphone Nos.: 09162294515
Media Liaison – Zenie Lao, Cellphone No. 0919819890
The retiring and outstanding teacher of Pura V. Kalaw Elementary School did not expect that she will become a victim of robbery and attempted sexual molestation in her own classroom while doing her instructional materials for tomorrow’s lesson. She had an overtime so that she would not bring her work at home.
Last July 2 at around 2:30pm, the school janitor’s son, Christian Durolfo, 21 years old and former student of the school robbed and attempted to sexually molest Mrs. Adeluisa Ong Kitane, Master Teacher II and teacher of grade 1. Durolfo tried to molest Mrs. Kitane by forcing her to remove her clothes while he is also removing his shirt and pants. Mrs. Kitane has a presence of mind that she told him he is like a grandchild to her that’s why Christian, who is under the influence of drugs, stopped. Aside from this incident, Durolfo tried to lock her in the classroom’s comfort room but did not succeed when Mrs. Kitane pleaded to him.
Durolfo used a long knife to intimidate Mrs. Kitane. And before the incident, another teacher saw him roaming around the school near the flower box In front of Mrs. Kitane’s room. According to other teachers, this is not the first time that this kind of incident happened in this school, there were 3 cases of stealing but this is the worst incident that almost took the life or endangered the safety of a teacher.
The following day Mrs. Kitane has no choice but to go to school despite the incident because she has to teach her students who did not like other teacher to teach them. Even if her life is in danger because of Durolfo’s threat still Mrs. Kitane endures it. She was traumatized by the incident that she cannot use her classroom’s comfort room and she is being fetched by her son.
Until now, the suspect is not yet apprehended. Even though this is the case, still Mrs. Kitane has to teach. She will soon retire on April 2013.
The school does not have any security personnel to secure the teachers and especially the elementary students. This is a common situation for other schools; they suffer from lack of security because of the small budget allotted in Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) that includes the security personnel and other expenses.
The station commander of the police precinct near the school should provide a police security detail while the case is not yet solved and immediately dispatch a follow up unit to arrest the suspect in its known whereabouts.#####