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A Swedish national accused of human trafficking died after he jumped off a vessel about five nautical miles or 900 meters to the port of Sta Fe, Bantayan Island shortly before 3 pm today.

Walter Hauck was brought to Bogo City Regional Trial Court branch 61 in mainland Cebu to attend a court hearing with another prisoner identified as Ricky Desabille, said Bantayan District Jail warden Inspector Manuel dela Peña.

After the court hearing, Hauck and Desabille whose hands were jointly handcuffed, were brought back to Bantayan Island through LCT Island II from Hagnaya port in San Remegio to Sta Fe in Bantayan Island.


Philippine Coast Guard Cebu Station commander Agapito Bibat said a report from their Coast Guard detachment in Sta Fe showed that Hauck asked permission to use the vessel’s rest room while the vessel was headed to the port of Sta. Fe.

The escort jailguard identified as JO1 Efren Manzanares took off Hauck’s handcuff only to be surprised when Hauck ran out and jumped off the vessel’s tail portion to the sea.



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five nautical miles or 900 meters
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Nobody ever accused Philippine journalists of being overly accurate...

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The case
Swiss arrested for trafficking, child abuse
By Jessee Atienza, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas

Posted at Nov 30 2014 01:34 PM | Updated as of Dec 01 2014 11:13 PM

CEBU – A Swiss national was arrested Saturday in Sta. Fe, Bantayan island in Cebu by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for his alleged involvement in human trafficking and child abuse.

The suspect was identified as Walter Hauck, who has been residing in Barangay Talisay for two years, having settled there after his retirement.

A joint operation by the NBI, the Children's Legal Bureau and the Provincial Women's Commission (PWC) led to the rescue of five minors from Hauck's residence.

Heda Largo, a consultant of the PWC, said there were some sex toys found inside Hauck's house.

The five minors are now in the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development where they will undergo legal processes.

Huck is being detained at the NBI Region 7 office, where he will undergo further investigation. He is expected to be presented to the media on Monday.



Swiss tourist shocked to learn child abuse case is non-bailable

Arrested Swiss tourist Walter Hauck smiled brightly when he was presented for inquest proceedings on child abuse charges at the Capitol compound yesterday.

“I don’t know much about your legal system here,” he told Cebu Provincial Assistant Prosecutor Jerome Abarca.


Hauck didn’t hide his face from cameras and vigorously answered questions of the prosecutor –  until he was told that court litigation would keep him  behind bars for a year or more.

His face turned sour in disbelief.

“I will die,” he said.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) yesterday filed three kinds of charges against the 66-year-old retiree, who was apprehended in Sta. Fe, Bantayan island, where he has lived for over a year.

He was accused of violating Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, and Republic Act No. 9775 otherwise known as the Anti-Child  p*ornography Act of 2009.


The five complainants are underage boys from Sta Fe town in Bantayan, where he rented a beach house.  Since children are invovled, the charge was filed was  one of “qualified trafficking,” a non-bailable offense in cases where evidence of guilt is strong.

“It would be better if you face the allegations in court. You’re facing a non-bailbale offense and you have to stay in jail during the pendency of the case,” Hauck was told by the prosecutor.

Hauck’s lawyer Marinel Relacion opted to have charges filed directly with the Regional Trial Court in Bogo City instead of undergoing  a preliminary investigation.

Hauck was arrested by NBI agents  in his rented beach house in Sta. Fe town last Saturday afternoon, a joint operation with the Children’s Legal Bureau and Provincial Women’s Council.

Two teenage boys in the house were rescued.  Three others came forward with accounts of sexual abuse.  The sworn statements of boys aged 12, 13, 14 and 17 were the main basis of the formal complaints.

The five boys were presented yesterday to the prosecutor. Their faces were covered with shawls to protect their identity. Social workers and PWC representatives escorted them.

“Hinipo raw sila. (They were grouped) Basically, they were exploited by the respondent,” said NBI 7 special investigator Agapito Gierran, who briefly explained the contents of the victims’ affidavits.

Hauck, who was escorted in handcuffs to the Palace of Justice,  denied the allegations.

According to the Swiss national, he worked in a logistics or international delivery company and  came to the Philippines in 2012.  He said he settled in Negros island but later decided to transfer to Sta. Fe, Bantayan in  northern  Cebu sometime last year.

He had an Alien Certificate of Registration ID card that showed his visa type as a “temporary visitor”  issued in April 23, 2013 with the status of “tourist”.

Neighbors in Sta. Fe  were upset when they noticed that local boys were frequenting his beach house, some in the early morning.  The Children’s Legal Bureau (CLB) received complaints about his activities which triggered an investigation by the PWC and the NBI.

Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, who chairs the PWC, said it took them over a year to track Hauck’s activities.  Surveillance started in October 2014 and a search warrant was obtained last Friday.

The next day, the NBI served the search warrant issued by Judge Antonio Marigomen of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Bogo City.

Agents recovered from the beach house a laptop computer, mobile phone, stuffed toys, replicas of the male reproductive organ,  a framed picture of Hauck standing in the nude, and his passport.

Hauck, who spent the weekend in the NBI office, was brought in handcuffs and a bright  orange detainee’s shirt to the prosecutor’s office.  When he arrived, he sat down and talked with his lawyer for about 30 minutes.


He declined to be interviewed.

Hauck told his lawyer he never molested the boys and that he was not a pedophile.

“The boys approached me to ask money for school. Their parents could not afford to do that and it makes me happy to do them favors,” he said.

Hauck denied touching the boys’ bodies.  He said he just wanted to show  them proper hygiene.

“I’m used to seeing naked people. In the Canary Islands (a Spanish archipelago off the coast of Morocco), everybody goes around there naked. For us, it’s normal,” he explained.

“I’m not a lady boy. I don’t even like lady boys. All I did was to clean those boys who went to my rented house,” he said.

When CDN tried to ask questions, his lawyer’s stopped Hauck from answering.

As Prosecutor Abarca read aloud the charges filed by the NBI, Hauck kept  laughing.

Asked if he would answer the charges before the prosecutors’ office or in court, he looked at his lawyer for advice but both could not immediately decide.

The prosecutor suggested to have the charges filed in court.

At that point, the lawyer told her client that litigation in the Philippines would take five years.

“No, not five years,” interrupted the prosecutor, “just for a year.”

Still, Hauck, who thought he would be released from detention within the week, expressed shock.

Once criminal charges are elevated in the Bogo RTC today, Hauck will be sent to the Cebu provincial jail  pending resolution of his case.

He can file a petition for bail in court.  It’s up to the judge to determine if the evidence against him is strong enough to keep him behind bars during the entire trial.

Under new guidelines of the Supreme Court issued last May 2014, bail hearing should take only a few days.  For serious crimes, judges have 48 hours  after the hearing ends, to set bail.

The guidelines are aimed at decongesting the country’s jails and enforcing the right of accused persons to bail and a speedy trial.

Read more: http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/47475/swiss-tourist-shocked-to-learn-child-abuse-case-is-non-bailable#ixzz4CDHU9Ing


Swiss tells court his arrest is illegal, NBI didn’t ‘knock and announce’


A SWISS national accused of molesting five boys has asked the Bogo City Regional Trial Court (RTC) to dismiss the cases against him.

Walter Hauck, through his lawyer, filed the motion to quash the search warrant before the sala of RTC Branch 61 Judge Antonio Marigomen.

Hauck claimed that his arrest was illegal.

Lawyer Vincent Isles of the Children's Legal Bureau (CLB) said that Hauck was supposed to be arraigned yesterday afternoon for three cases: violating Republic Act (RA) 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, RA 7610 or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act and RA 9775 or the Anti-Child p*ornography Act.

The arraignment, however, was set aside by Marigomen because of the motion.

The defense argued that the search warrant was not properly served by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 and accused the agents of arrranging the arrest of the foreigner with a local informant.

The rule of “knock and announce” when the search warrant was served was not followed, the defense also claimed.

NBI 7 agents arrested Hauck inside his rented beach house in Barangay Sta. Fe in Bantayan Island while he was helping five boys, aged 12 to 15, with their bath.
The boys were rescued with the help of CLB.

CLB spokesperson Atty. Noemi Truya-Abarientos said that the boys admitted they were molested by Hauck.

In an earlier report, special investigator Agapito Gierran said that the minors admitted they were molested but not to the point of sexual intercourse.

The minors were turned over to the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development 7.

After his divorce, Hauck lived in Thailand for nine years and later moved to the Philippines.

He was a resident of Negros Island before renting a beach house in Sta. Fe.

Hauck lives on his pension after retiring from a logistics firm. He has no children

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My lord , he was "helping" boys aged from 12 to 15 with their bath , what a disgrace , the world is better without the perverted SOB , and I noticed it said in the report the he lived on Negros for awhile first .... guaranteed you will more than likely find victims of this asswipes perversion there as well if you went looking for it...

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five nautical miles or 900 meters


Five nautical miles = 9000+ meters!

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It's nice to see when the Philippine justice system works.

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Swiss inmate jumps from ship

 Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A SWISS national who was facing three cases of trafficking, abuse and child p*ornography jumped to his death while on-board a vessel after a court hearing yesterday.

Commander Agapito “Butch” Bibat, chief of the Coast Guard Station Cebu of the Philippine Coast Guard, identified the fatality as Walter Hauck, 67, a divorcee who used to live in Thailand for nine years before moving to the Philippines.

Hauck reportedly attended the hearing of his cases before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Bogo City yesterday and was on his way back to Sta. Fe on board LCT Island II of Island Shipping Lines via Polambato Port when he jumped.


In an initial report, Bibat said that Hauck asked for permission to go to the toilet from his escort, Jail Officer 1 (JO1) Efren Manzanares of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

But Hauck later on jumped to the sea at 2:50 p.m., about one mile from Sta. Fe.

The body of Hauck was fetched by an ambulance of Sta. Fe Municipal Government and was brought to Bantayan District Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival by Dr. Delfin Jake Malazarte.

Hauck was handcuffed when he jumped to the sea, making it impossible for him to swim.

Hauck was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) last year after he was accused of molesting five minor boys in a pension house in Sta. Fe.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 22, 2016.


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good riddance !!

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He will surely be posthumously entered into this year's possible recipient pool for the 2016 Darwin Award...

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He will surely be posthumously entered into this year's possible recipient pool for the 2016 Darwin Award...


or the growing  executed without trial pool.

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