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SUSG reports sexual perpetrator sent to psychiatric center

by Stefan R. Saldon | November 3, 2022

Silliman University Student Government (SUSG) announced that the sexual perpetrator, Basilio Reboton, was placed in the Talay Psychiatric Center Tuesday, but was denied since he had no family to assist his needs.

Through the SUSG’s initiative to take action, alongside the collaborative work of the Dumaguete City Police Station and City Social Worker, Reboton was temporarily placed at the Women Crisis Center at Calindagan Barangay Hall, under the care of Barangay Captain Pahayahay. 

Captain Pahayahay brought Reboton back to the Talay Psychiatric Center last Friday due to his mental disorder based on the center’s records. If no progress is made, he will be brought home to his relatives in Bais City. 

Due to Reboton’s mental issues, the Local Government Unit (LGU), City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), and City Health Office were also involved in the case.

SUSG President John Cristian Entrata gave his thanks and sympathy to all the victims and to those who decided to take a stand and shared their stories to address the concern. 

Furthermore, he said he hoped that the SU Administration increases security both inside and outside the perimeters of the university to ensure students’ safety

“We also hope that Silliman University Public Assistance and Safety Office (PASO) Head will continuously capacitate the security personnel to be able to quickly respond to similar incidents,” he added.

Meanwhile, the SUSG Advocacy Committee says that they plan to take further measures in achieving the proper guidance the victims may need due to the traumatic encounters with the perpetrator.

SUSG Advocacy Committee Chairperson, Margaret Tangon said that one of their objectives is to look into peer counseling or collaboration with the guidance and testing centers as another part of the solution in sustaining the victims’ well-being.

“We fly the banners of thousands of campaigns we fight for,” Tangon said. 

“We are determined to keep that advocacy prominent – even by generations past ourselves as chairs,” she ended. 

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