"Lack of probable cause" ang ibinigay na dahilan ng Dept. of Justice (DOJ) sa kanilang desisyon na i-dismiss ang kaso ng acts of lasciviousness (Under Article 336 of the Revised Penal Code as amended in relation to R.A. No. 7610 also known as "Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act") na inihain ni Rachel Saludo laban sa young actor na si Aljur Abrenica. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
Si Rachel ang ina ni Michelle Denise, ang 15 -year old aspiring actress na nagbintang kay Aljur ng pang-aabuso nang magkita at magkakilala sila sa Puerto Galera noong April 10, 2009.
Nakalagay sa sworn affidavit ni Michelle na pinilit diumano siya ni Aljur na painumin ng alcoholic drinks at nakaranas siya ng mga panghuhusga mula sa kanilang mga kapitbahay at ibang tao nang i-deny ni Aljur na siya ang babaeng ka-date ng aktor sa Puerto Galera.
Isinalaysay rin ni Michelle sa kanyang affidavit na masyado siyang naapektuhan ng mga mensahe na natanggap niya mula sa fans ni Aljur na nagsasabi na "pokpok" siya, "nag-iimbento ng kuwento," at layuan niya ang aktor.
Idinagdag ni Michelle na hindi na appropriate ang mga paghawak ni Aljur sa kanyang beywang at dibdib nang magkasama sila sa Puerto Galera.
Diretsahang itinanggi ni Aljur ang mga akusasyon ni Michelle. Para patunayan na totoo ang mga sinasabi niya, inihain ng aktor sa korte ang mga affidavit ng walong saksi na kinabibilangan ng kanyang ama, kapatid at mga kaibigan, pati na ang group pictures na kuha sa Puerto Galera. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
THE RESOLUTION. Si Prosecution Attorney Amanda Felipe ng DOJ ang author ng resolution na nag-abswelto kay Aljur.
Ayon kay Atty. Felipe, wala siyang nakitang probable cause para kasuhan si Aljur dahil sa mga sumusunod na dahilan:
"It is apparent that what Rachel and Michelle are complaining about is the public denial of Aljur that he met or dated Michelle in Puerto Galera. The denial caused embarrassment to Michelle who posted her pictures with Aljur on the Internet. It also resulted in Michelle becoming the subject of nasty rumors and comments, which had a negative effect on her.
"It is important to point out that the allegation that Aljur inappropriately touched Michelle did not crop up while Michelle and her family was still in Puerto Galera or immediately after they returned home from Puerto Galera.
"It was only after Aljur publicly denied that he met or dated Michelle in Puerto Galera that the allegation against him for acts of lasciviousness came to life.
"The motive behind the filing of the instant complaint against Aljur is highlighted in paragraph 10 of the Karagdagang sinumpaang salaysay of Michelle dated June 1, 2009, to wit:
T: Pansamantala ay wala na akong tanong, meron po ba kayong nais idagdag, alisin, o baguhin dito sa salaysay mo?
S: Dahil po naapektuhan ako sa pagtanggi ni Aljur sa national TV, gusto kong ipakita at ipaglaban ang karapatan ng kababaihan, menor de edad, at karaniwang tao. Ipaglalaban ko din ang moral ko at ng pamilya ko dahil sa sobrang naapektuhan kami sa mga malalaswang komento ng ibang tao, lalo na sa media at Internet.
"The complaint of acts of lasciviousness against Aljur is plainly an afterthought to save the besmirched reputation of Michelle. If it is true that Aljur inappropriately touched her in Puerto Galera, she should have immediately said something to Melrose, Jake or Rachel who were with her in the said place, or stayed away from Aljur while they were there. However, instead of doing those things, she did the exact opposite.
"The actions of Michelle are totally uncharacteristic of a person who had just been inappropriately touched by Aljur.
"The normal reaction would have been to stay as far away as possible from Aljur in order to prevent the latter from committing the alleged lascivious conduct that he committed against her the night before.
"Noteworthy is the fact that after their vacation in Puerto Galera, Michelle posted her pictures with Aljur on the Internet, indicating that she was proud of her encounter with the latter. It is contrary to normal human behavior for the victim of an alleged lascivious conduct to post her pictures with the person who victimized her on the Internet.
"The actions of Michelle during and after Aljur allegedly committed acts of lasciviousness on her person create serious doubt on the truthfulness of her account of the events that transpired in Puerto Galera on April 10 and 11, 2009. I am more inclined to give more weight to the version of Aljur and hold that the latter did not commit acts of lasciviousness on the person of Michelle."
Bukas ang PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) para sa panig ng mag-inang Rachel at Michelle Saludo tungkol sa desisyong ito ng DOJ sa kasong isinampa nila laban kay Aljur.