Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Delta Dyrecka Leti­gio COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Where is Reynell Cantilla? The po­lice of Ba­dian town in south­west­ern Cebu have mo­bi­lized its force to search for Cantilla, the Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan (SK) chair­man of Barangay Tig­bao of the town, who went miss­ing at around 10

p.m. last Novem­ber 8.

Insp. El­mond Mon­daya, chief of the Ba­dian Po­lice Sta­tion, at the same time be­lied re­ports on so­cial me­dia that the body of Cantilla, 18, was found in the bushes in Barangay Maih­long of the same town on Fri­day evening.

“Fake news to. Among gi­adto kin­ing dapita sa Maih­long, daplin sa es­kwe­la­han, og walay patayng lawas didto. Wala didto si Cantilla (It was fake news. We went to the place in Maih­long, near a school, and there was no dead body there. Cantilla was not there),” he said in a phone in­ter­view on Satur­day.

Mon­daya said the dis­ap­pear­ance of Cantilla re­mains a mys­tery since the only clue to his dis­ap­pear­ance was his aban­doned mo­tor­cy­cle, which was re­cov­ered on a bridge in Barangay Man­duy­ong. The area is about 3.3 kilo­me­ters from Barangay Tig­bao.

“Wala man mi nakit-an nga dugo o ebiden­sya nga naligsan siya iban sa mo­tor nga natuwad. (We did not see blood or any other ev­i­dence that he was hit by a car aside from the mo­tor­cy­cle left fallen on the bridge),” Mon­daya said.

Mon­daya said there is a pos­si­bil­ity that the SK chair­man was kid­napped, al­though they were not rul­ing other pos­si­ble rea­sons for his dis­ap­pear­ance.

“Murag wala man ni siyay kon­tra sa puli­tika. Di pud ni siya apil sa fra­ter­nity. Sa among imbesti­gasyon, wa pud ni siyay kalam­big­i­tan sa droga,” added Mon­daya.

(He does not have any en­emy in pol­i­tics. He is not a mem­ber of any fra­ter­nity. Based on our in­ves­ti­ga­tion, he is not in­volved in il­le­gal drugs.)


SPO1 Jose­fina Be­ri­ar­mente, the chief in­ves­ti­ga­tor for the Ba­dian Po­lice Sta­tion, said that wit­nesses re­cently sur­faced and claimed that Cantilla was taken by six peo­ple on board three mo­tor­cy­cles at around 2 a.m. of Novem­ber 9.

But this re­port was still be­ing ver­i­fied, she said. Be­ri­ar­mente, how­ever, said they have “rea­sons to be­lieve that he is still in Ba­dian, but we can­not dis­close the in­for­ma­tion as the in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue.”

After two days of scour­ing the town and nearby ar­eas in search of Cantilla, the rel­a­tives and friends of the youth leader went home to rest last night (Novem­ber 10), Be­ri­ar­mente said

She said they will con­tinue to search for Cantilla to­day, Novem­ber 11, and will look for more wit­nesses who may have seen the mo­tor­cy­cle which passed by Man­duy­ong Bridge on Novem­ber 8.

Per­sonal prob­lem?

SK-Cebu Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Jeri­cho Ru­bio be­lieved that Cantilla’s dis­ap­pear­ance may be due to per­sonal prob­lems.

Ru­bio said he vis­ited the fam­ily of Cantilla on Novem­ber 10 to check if Cantilla has re­turned safely to his fam­ily.

He said the par­ents and the rel­a­tives of Cantilla were wait­ing to­gether in their home for Cantilla’s re­turn, oc­ca­sion­ally visit­ing the Man­duy­ong Bridge hop­ing to see him in the place where he dis­ap­peared.

“Nag atang pa inta­won sila didto nga mo ba­lik si Reynell. Nagli­bog pud sila sa pagkawala ni­ini. Apan sa akong nahibaw-an, murag naa ni siyay prob­lema sa pam­ilya,” said Ru­bio.

(They are wait­ing for Reynell to re­turn. They are also con­fused as to why he dis­ap­peared. How­ever, based on what I know, I think he has fam­ily prob­lems.)

Ru­bio met Cantilla years back in an SK team build­ing in Matuti­nao, Ba­dian, and he vouched for the char­ac­ter of Cantilla whom he found to be hard work­ing.


Ru­bio re­vealed based on his con­ver­sa­tion with the mem­bers of Cantilla’s fam­ily, that the miss­ing youth leader has a girl­friend who is preg­nant.

“Bun­tis daw iya uyab. Pero nagkasin­abot na­man daw ang duha ka pam­ilya. Sig­uro naa pay mas lalom nga prob­lema iya gi­atubang,” said Ru­bio.

(His girl­friend is preg­nant. How­ever, their fam­i­lies have al­ready agreed on an ar­range­ment. Maybe he is fac­ing a deeper prob­lem.)

But Ru­bio did not also dis­count the pos­si­bil­ity of Cantilla be­ing kid­napped and said that he will be reach­ing out to the Cebu Provin­cial Po­lice Of­fice (CPPO) for help.

“Kung naa man ganiy nahitabong bati sa iyaha, ki­na­hanglan makit-an siya dayon (If some­thing bad hap­pened to him, he needs to be found im­me­di­ately),” said Ru­bio.

Ru­bio said he is also co­or­di­nat­ing the SK Cebu Fed­er­a­tion to help find Cantilla.

“Kung ni­layas man gani siya, unta mo uli na lang siya (If he ran away, I am hop­ing he will de­cide to just come home),” he added.

Mon­day a, mean­while, said they are hop­ing to find Can­till a safe and sound, as they in­ten­si­fied their search for the SK chair­man.


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