A club disc jockey was mauled and then brutally killed by a group who stabbed and shot him at the Goldenfields Commercial Complex in Bacolod City at about 3:30 a.m. yesterday.
The fatality was identified as Ruben de la Rosa, 18, of Crossing Punta Taytay in Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod, by Station 8 commander Chief Insp. Danilo Francisco.
De la Rosa who had two stab and gunshot wounds on his back was rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, but was declared dead on arrival.
Investigation conducted by Police Officer 3 Anthony Marijana showed that de la Rosa had a fight with his girlfriend, Ma. Bea Candido, 19, in front of the “Thunder Lips Bar” when “alias Champaigne” and another unidentified woman came and asked them if they had seen the manager of the bar.
De la Rosa replied in a manner that apparently offended “alias Champaigne” and her companion who called their other companions, Francisco said.
Minutes later, the women’s companions, identified as Roberto Garcia, 18, Charlito Vergara, 26, and a 15-year-old, whose name the police withheld, all of Purok Lilang in Brgy. Banago arrived and confronted de la Rosa, Francisco also said.
A commotion occurred between among them and one of the group stabbed de la Rosa in the back. When dela Rosa was already lying on the pavement, another shot him with an improvised shotgun, or sulpak, police records showed.
Garcia, Vergara and the minor were arrested after the incident and are now detained at Police Station 8, while “alias Champaigne” and her unidentified companion evaded arrest.
Marijana said the knife was still embedded in the back of de la Rosa when they arrived. He said the sulpak used by the suspects was also recovered at the crime scene.
Garcia said he and his companions fled the crime scene because their enemies were chasing them. Vergara claimed that one of the security guards hit his head with the butt of a .45 pistol.
With the incident at the Goldenfields Commercial Complex, Bacolod City Police Director, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, said he is pushing for the permanent deployment of policemen in the area.
De la Paz said he has tasked City Police Deputy Director Supt. Santiago Rapiz, who also heads the Operation Night Watch, to conduct visibility patrol regularly in the area.
Murder charges are being readied against Garcia and Vergara while the minor will be referred to the Bacolod Social Development Center.*APN