chuvaness
Don’t be alone with a stranger
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If there’s one thing I learned from my mom, is to be wary of being alone with the opposite sex.
I always used to wonder why I was the only girl who had a yaya waiting in the car when I was 22, as I partied in Subway disco or Penguin Café, back in the day.
It was much later when I found out one of my tita’s daughters was gang-raped, and a distant cousin of mine was murdered by her yaya’s boyfriend.
My mom was protecting me.

This being wary of the opposite sex is something I’ve carried on to this day, even as a married mom and homemaker.
I’m never alone when expecting the cable guy or aircon cleaner.
Whenever there are men working around the house, I make sure the maids are nearby, watching.
I remember one time when I was living alone in New York, my mouse died. As in my Apple mouse.
An Apple guy came over to replace it—for free. Not being a morning person, I looked like a total hag in my pajamas, glasses, and curly hair.
I may have brushed my teeth but hadn’t showered. I looked like the anti-rape victim.
But trust me, girls, guard yourself and don’t be alone with a stranger.

A Twitter follower of mine emailed me about his friend who was recently attacked by a Sky Cable employee who is pictured below:

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Rommel Mendoza is wanted for attempted rape and homicide

Dear Chuvaness,

Thank you for replying to my tweet.
The incident happened the other night (March 13, 2013), around 8 PM at my co-worker’s apartment in Alabang, Muntinlupa.
Cable reception was bad so she called up Sky Cable to have it fixed.
The victim was alone when the cable guy arrived. He was the same cable guy who installed her cable system a month ago so she trusted him.
Things happened fast. After opening the door and letting him in, the victim directed him to her TV set.
Within seconds, the cable guy was grabbing her from the back. She felt a knife pointed at her so she didn’t move or make a noise.
She was brought to her room, her hands tied when they reached her bed. She struggled hard when she sensed rape. It was during this time that the stabbing happened. A small steel/glass table was thrown at her and hit her head. The cable guy used broken pieces of glass to further stab her. Feeling so much exhaustion she decided to play dead.
The stabbing stopped.
After the cable guy left, she took the phone that she hid under her bed and called for help.
She was brought to Asian Hospital that night. Alabang Police sent SOCO to the crime scene.

The next day, our connections in the PNP started doing their investigation. Initially, the cable guy was identified as a sub-contractual employee. But later that evening, we were given new leads that the cable guy was actually an employee of Sky Cable and not from a sub-contractor.
I posted this on Facebook and Twitter. One of the people handing the PR of Sky Cable contacted me on Facebook, requesting me to take down my entry as it’s damaging to the company’s reputation. He even told me there was no report of any incident in the cable company’s head office. It surprised me because the head of security of Sky Cable is now communicating with our boss (the victim and I work in the same company).

As of the moment, the cable guy is still at large.
The cable guy was identified as Rommel Mendoza, whose photo was supplied by his co-worker to the security department of Sky Cable.
Mendoza was positively identified by the victim yesterday morning when representatives of Sky Cable showed her the photo.
As of now, the victim is still in the hospital to undergo a series of operations for multiple stab wounds to her face down to her legs. Her lungs were deeply punctured.

Thank you.
Erik Catabas

UPDATE: ‘Cable guy’ jailed for stabbing, robbing client

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I hope and pray that your friend would get well soon, recover and be stronger…Hope and pray as well that the culprit be caught and punished.

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Ithasbegun

binago mo ang picture? ano ba talaga? magkaiba ang mukha ng una mong picture at ngayon. pag nakita yon ng nauna eh pwede kang idemanda.

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CVS Reply:

same person

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CVS Reply:

same person. this is a better picture

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Ithasbegun Reply:

much better and more recent. cheers

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Andrew

sky cable employee ba or wi-tribe. The pic is confusing. naka-wi-tribe shirt e.

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CVS Reply:

i wish I knew the answer to that.

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Ms. C, I will share this on my FB page huh..I have a 13 yr old daughter and reading this kind of stories scares me the most!! Thanks for sharing this on your blog..

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mels

That’s disgusting. The reaction of the SkyCable PR employee is disgusting, too.

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Scary naman! and the sad part is that sky cable is trying to cover this horrible act! i remember in college, 2 girls that i known got attacked and stabbed. One by a taxi driver and the other one who knew her attacker wrote his name on a wall using her own blood. Thankfully both survived and the criminals got apprehended. Quick thinking saved her life,and hopefully justice may be served. May death penalty pa ba sa pinas?

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This is scary. My parents are also very paranoid about letting strangers enter our home. Good thing my dad’s always there to deal with them.

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u8mypinkcookies

saw this on TV. scary!

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Real life The Cable Guy.

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sunshine

i’m just a bit confused – in the letter, it said that the victim contacted sky cable; but in the article, it said that the victim directly texted the cable guy after failing to connect with sky cable. baka kaya there was no report sa sky cable office because it wasn’t logged anywhere? [Reply]CVS Reply:March 17th, 2013 at 2:29 PMpuede [Reply]marie_dc Reply:March 17th, 2013 at 4:53 PMI saw in the news that during the time the victim had her cable installed, the cable guy left his cellphone number with her in case she encounters any problems with the connection. And… Read more »

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damn, that is so messed up

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Irrelevant if contractual or regular, agency applies; Sky idiotic to say rapist filed no report on whether he had filled his” rape quota of the day.” They cannot even say, well, there is the question of payment, baka he wanted it in kind, because he didn’t fix the cable problem. Do not use “mouse” alone—in Weimer and Nazi era Germany that had a naughty meaning.

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thanks for sharing this.

i’ve been reading your entries and i find them very informative and entertaining.

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I almost got raped before as well (in Manila) but I managed to get out of the situation unharmed. It probably helped that the culprit was drunk. Crime in the Netherlands where I now live is quite low but I am always wary of men. Always be suspicious and trust your instinct!

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I don’t usually leave a comment on anyone’s page but Skycable collectors and repairmen are notorious for unlawful acts. They gain entry in subdivisions by first earning the trust of security guards. Our village Security Team is currently investigating a number of complaints from homeowners. Whether they are contractors or employees, Skycable should do something about it instead of cleaning up dirt in social media.

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Better to be really careful than sorry. I had a schoolmate who’s maid killed their mom recovering from cancer years ago with her boyfriend as an accomplice. It was even shown on Calvento Files and Kris Aquino played the role of the maid. That maid is still at large up to now. [Reply]Jude Lopez Mancuyas Reply:March 17th, 2013 at 3:50 PMButi di umangal si Kris na ang role nya maid. [Reply]CVS Reply:March 17th, 2013 at 8:29 PMlolll [Reply]Slightly Epicurean Reply:March 18th, 2013 at 5:07 PMHahaha. Oo nga. She even had whole body makeup so she can look like a morena.… Read more »

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Buti di umangal si Kris na ang role nya maid.

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Hahaha. Oo nga. She even had whole body makeup so she can look like a morena. The name of the maid who stabbed my classmate’s mom is Melanie. It was a total of 36 stabs. So sad.

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Isn’t Skycable aiding and abetting the criminal by trying to keep this under wraps at the start? My God, this is attempted rape and homicide and they’re worried about the PR problem it might cause??? E kung sa kanila (SkyCable officials) at mga anak nila GAWIN NUNG EMPLOYEE YUN? NAKAKAINIT NG ULO!!!

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chelsea

totally admire this woman for her bravery and quick thinking. im praying for her fast recovery!
shame on sky cable for trying to cover up this incident!! she deserves all the help needed to catch that soulless dirtbag

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CVS Reply:

playing dead was a very good decision. many survivors of shootings lived to tell because of playing dead

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zippo

To Erik Catabas: Please tell your friend and her family NOT to sign anything — especially a waiver and quitclaim, with Sky Cable. Moreover, do NOT negotiate with Sky Cable first. Under the law, Sky Cable is primarily liable to your friend as much as the attacker since the attacker is an employee of Sky Cable. Your friend can sue Sky Cable for MILLIONS. Advise her to get a very good lawyer but see to it that the lawyer or law firm has no connection with any Lopez company! [Reply]erik gonzales Reply:March 19th, 2013 at 1:08 AMHi Zippo.. Thanks.. There… Read more »

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Hi Zippo.. Thanks.. There are lawyers assisting the family..

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zippo

Get a really good lawyer! Sky Cable can be sued for millions since the attacker is an employee of Sky Cable! Do NOT have any family member sign a waiver from Sky Cable!!!

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Get a really

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I saw this on Twitter and wanted to share it to friends but decided to hold off until there were more details. This can happen to anyone, anywhere in the world. SAFETY is still paramount. I myself get nervous when I need to get something done in my flat, because I live alone. I always make sure I have something I can grab nearby in case I need to defend myself. And I text friends that I’m waiting for a repairman, plumber, electrician on this day at this time para they know, in case something happens. And most of all,… Read more »

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I’m also like you. Kahit friend ko or kamag-anak, I don’t allow myself to be alone with anyone from the opposite sex. Asawa ko lang at mga anak. If a guy friend or even if my relatives visit and mag-isa ako sa house, I meet them downstairs, sa lobby. When I have deliveries or repair people over at the house, I only do so kapag may kasama ako sa bahay. I also keep the front door open and have my phone in my hand, kahit na may kasama ako sa house. Paranoid talaga. [Reply]myexpatmommy Reply:March 17th, 2013 at 3:37 PMsame… Read more »

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myexpatmommy

same here. I don’t care if people find me praning, but with 3 daughters I really have to be extra careful. I may even have offended my husband when I asked him to ask my brother in law to move out when we had to leave the girls with the nanny a few months before they followed us here abroad. I told him to ask his aunt to stay with them instead. Of course I’m sure that my brother in law can be trusted, but with our maid who’s about the same age, I just don’t see it proper. I… Read more »

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ryq24

Tv patrol of channel 2,which also own sky cable, also reported that the suspect is not an employee but a sub-contractor of sky cable. I smell a cover up.

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Scary naman nyan. Sana mahuli na yan. I’m thankful my parents were protective too kahit college na rin ako kasama ko pa si mama parati.

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