Woman allegedly assaulted at bakery


The Department of Public Safety has reported the arrest of a former sister-in-law of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Rowina Ogo, for allegedly beating another woman at the Herman’s Bakery in Dan Dan last Friday.

Department of Public Safety spokesperson Adrian Pangelinan confirmed last Friday that DPS officers arrested Ogo for assault and battery and disturbing the peace at around 11am after she allegedly assaulted Maryann Borja, former Office of Vocational Rehabilitation director.

Just a few hours after her arrest, DPS confirmed that Ogo had posted bail and had been released.

DPS had no information as of press time of the events that led to the alleged assault.

In a later interview with Borja, she said that she was at Herman’s Bakery buying bread and conversing with family when she was attacked as she was leaving. She claims that she was “thrown” against a fixture just outside the bakery before she felt a person’s hands grasp her neck and “strangle” her.

During the struggle, Borja said she clearly saw that it was Ogo who was assaulting her and she was stunned. In a photo of Borja circulating on social media after the altercation, it appeared as though Borja sustained cuts and scratches to her neck as a result of the fight.

“I’m so traumatized. I don’t understand why she would do such a thing. Whatever the problem was, I would have been ready and open to have a conversation about it and resolve the issue,” she said.

Borja said she remembers at some point in the struggle that she punched Ogo in an attempt to defend herself. She said it was only after she tried to defend herself that Herman’s Bakery staff managed to pull her attacker away from her.

Borja noted that DPS officers who responded to the scene also showed Ogo “special treatment” and brought her to the back of the bakery where they “arrested” her.

“I don’t know if they handcuffed her or if they just placed her in the car but DPS showed unfair treatment. They talked to her for a while before bringing her to the back to arrest her,” she said.

Borja said she will be filing a restraining order against Ogo and will file a lawsuit against her.

Saipan Tribune tried but was unable to obtain comments from Ogo.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Bautista Esmores has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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