WATCH: ‘I’m not going to be a victim’: Woman who says she was raped by gang member in Philippines
In a statement released on Monday, the woman who claims she was gang-raped by two men who had fled her village said she was left traumatised by the ordeal.
“I’m tired of living in a world where people don’t even think of me as a victim,” she said.
“People say that I’m not a victim because of my ethnicity.
But I was a victim.
They raped me, then took me to a place where they raped me.
I have nothing to live for. “
I am not going back to my village.
I have nothing to live for.
I will never go back to the village.
My father will not return to the place where he raped me.”
In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera on Monday morning, the 27-year-old woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said she felt guilty for having a relationship with the men, whom she has not named, despite having been repeatedly raped.
“What do you do?
Why are you not a woman who is a victim?
Because I am a victim of rape,” she told Al Jazeera.”
When I told my father about what happened, he told me that I was not a girl.
But you can’t really see what happened to me.
The only thing that I can see is my hair and my body.
I can’t feel the pain of the other person.
He could have hit me with a knife, but I was unable to hit him.”
In a Facebook post on Sunday, the two men were named as Francisco Rodríguez, aged 20, and Antonio Lopez, aged 30.
Rodrígo has been charged with kidnapping, rape, robbery, aggravated robbery and aggravated sexual assault and Lopez with kidnapping and rape.
They were arrested on Monday at a farm in a town in the province of Pampanga, about 120km (75 miles) east of Manila, where they were hiding from the police.
A police source said they were being held in a military base in Pampang.
“We have a lot of information on them, but we do not have any suspects.
We are waiting for their DNA,” the source told AFP news agency.
Rodriguez and Lopez have been charged under the Criminal Code of the Philippines, which is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to P1 million ($1,500).
“There are many more cases that we have to deal with,” said the police source.
“This case is just one more of many that will come out of our investigations.
We can only wait for them to bring the charges against them.”
Al Jazeera’s Jomana Barua in Manila, Philippines, contributed to this report.