UNO-R student stabbed dead
An engineering student was stabbed dead by his friend after a drinking spree at a place behind the Shell Select in Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City, at about 3:15 a.m. Saturday.
Station 3 chief, Senior Insp. Dianne Grace Aquitania, identified the victim as Emmanuel Batayo, 18, of Villa Hergon, Silay City in Negros Occidental, and a student of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos. She said Batayo sustained two stab wounds on the left side of his chest and left armpit.
Batayo was brought to the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital but was declared dead on arrival, Aquitania said.
Investigation showed that Batayo and his friends were about to go home when a commotion ensued. Witnesses claimed that Kevin Barañao, 21, of Capitol Hills, Brgy. Estefania in Bacolod, pulled out a belt knife and stabbed Batayo twice.
Barañao escaped, but the belt knife with blood stains was recovered by the security guard of the Shell Select and was turned over to Police Station 3.
Aquitania said the father of Barañao, whose name was not disclosed, told them that his son, who is a third year college student of the University of St. La Salle, had not gone home since Saturday.
Charges for murder are expected to be filed against Barañao before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office today, Aquitania added.
Meanwhile, two suspects who stabbed and injured a man in Purok San Luis, Brgy. Sum-ag in Bacolod, at about 12:30 a.m. Friday, were nabbed several hours later by Station 9 policemen in Purok Brotherhood of the same barangay.
Station 9 chief, Senior Insp. Jerick Filosofo, said a hot-pursuit operation ended with the arrest of Gerald Aballa, 26, and Remo Endo, 25, both of Purok Brotherhood.
Filosofo said the suspects were positively identified by Antonio Libo-on, 46, of Purok San Luis, Brgy. Sum-ag, who sustained a stab wound on his lower back, and was brought to the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center.*SGG
The man, who took his aunt’s pick-up truck, was arrested by the police in front of the Guanzon Cockpit at Mansilingan-Murcia road, Brgy. Mansilingan in Bacolod City, at about 9:10 p.m. yesterday.
Station 3 chief, Senior Insp. Dianne Grace Aquitania, identified the suspect as Joemar Laca, 32, of Don Salvador Benedicto in Negros Occidental, the master cutter in the upholstery shop of his aunt, Margarita Saligumban, 63, of Narra North Drive in Bacolod.
Aquitania said that, at about 7 a.m. yesterday, Saligumban reported that her white Mazda pick-up truck, with plate number WET730, that was parked in front of the upholstery shop in Purok Active, Brgy. Mandalagan in Bacolod, was stolen by Laca at about 2 a.m.
Saligumban said her driver, Ricky Paglinawan, 32, told her that he was awakened by the engine noise and saw Laca taking the pick-up truck.
Station 3 policemen and Saligumban headed for San Carlos City in Negros Occidental, where Laca had said he would bring the vehicle and dismantle it, Aquitania said.
When the team was near the Guanzon Cockpit in Brgy. Mansilingan, they saw the white pick-up truck and when the owner confirmed that it was the carnapped vehicle, they overtook and stopped it.
The vehicle was recovered but the starter had been dismantled by Laca from whom the police also seized the stolen driver’s license of his fellow employee in the upholstery shop, whose name was not disclosed, Aquitania said.
Laca told the DAILY STAR that he has no plans of stealing it, adding that he only wanted to have a joy ride to remove his hangover following the drinking spree with his friends.
He claimed he could not do that to his own aunt as he had been staying with her for almost 18 years now.
Aquitania said Laca, who is now detained at the lock-up cell of Station 3, will be charged for violation of Republic Act 6539, or the Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972, before the City Prosecutor’s Office in Bacolod today.*SGG
Four persons charged for violation of Article 318 of the Revised Penal Code, direct assault upon an agent of a person in authority, robbery, and frustrated murder, were arrested in Bacolod and Victorias City, Negros Occidental, Friday.
The warrant of arrest for frustrated murder was served at about 11:06 a.m. to Hermogenes Labrador, 50, of Calong-Calong in Brgy. Singcang-Airport, Bacolod, at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod, where he is a detainee.
The warrant was issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 45 Judge Eliseo Geolingo who set Labrador’s bail at P200,000, police records show.
Joe Philip Andrino, 21, of Arabay 1, Relocation Site, Brgy. Vista Alegre, Bacolod, was also served a warrant of arrest at the BJMP in Brgy. Handumanan, for robbery charges, also issued by Judge Geolingo, who set his bail at P100,000.
Station 10 policemen served the warrant of arrest to Ariel dela Cruz, 35, of Purok Mambulac, Brgy. 10, Bacolod, for direct assault upon an agent of person in authority, at the BJMP in Brgy. Tabunan, Bago City in Negros Occidental, at about 3:15 p.m.
His warrant of arrest was issued by Judge Karen Joy Tan-Gaston of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branch 6, who set his bail at P6,000, the police said.
Bacolod City Police Office Investigation head, Chief Insp. Ulysses Ortiz, meanwhile said they nabbed Romeo Oximar, of Mills Department, Victorias Milling Company in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, on the strength of the bench warrant for other deceits, or for violation of Article 318 of the Revised Penal Code.
Ortiz said the warrant that was re-served to Oximar at about 3:30 p.m. was issued by MTCC Branch 2 Judge Montaño Medel Jr.*SGG