Mi­nors bru­tally at­tacked in South Cota­bato towns

Manila Times - - Regions - JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL

COTA­BATO CITY: Four mi­nors in three towns in South Cota­bato fell vic­tims to vi­o­lent crimes right af­ter the coun­try ob­served Child Abuse Pre­ven­tion Month.

The vic­tims in­clude two young girls who were stabbed dead by their nanny’s boyfriend in Su­ral­lah town; a 4-year-old girl, who was raped then killed by her 16-year-old step­brother in Polo­molok; and an­other girl, 7, was al­legedly raped and about to be killed but es­caped in T’boli town, all in South Cota­bato.

Supt. Jose Marie Si­man­gan, Polo­molok po­lice chief, said on Satur­day that the young sus­pect, af­ter the sex­ual as­sault, stran­gled the vic­tim, placed her in a sack then threw it in a river nearby.

But Si­man­gan with­held vic­tim and the sus­pect’s iden­ti­ties and the lo­ca­tion of the vil­lage where the heinous crime was per­pe­trated.

He said the vic­tim’s mother looked for the girl upon com­ing home and the sus­pect even helped her look for the miss­ing kid.

Si­man­gan said the sus­pect, an out- of- school youth, also ac­com­pa­nied his mother to the po­lice sta­tion to re­port about the miss­ing girl.

Ap­par­ently both­ered by his con­science, Si­man­gan said, the brother later ad­mit­ted to the crime.

took cus­tody of the sus­pect.

Sim­i­larly, in T’boli, po­lice ar­rested Bald­win Balonto, 22, who al­legedly sex­u­ally as­saulted a 7-year-old girl on Thurs­day.

Chief Insp. Ramil Vil­la­gra­cia, T’boli po­lice chief, said Balonto tried to stran­gle the girl but a neigh­bor yelled at him giv­ing the girl a chance to run away.

Balonto also ad­mit­ted to the crime, telling the po­lice he was un­der the in­flu­ence of liquor when he com­mit­ted the act.

On Wed­nes­day morn­ing, pedi­cab driver Ge­orge Judilla, 47, went to the house where his girl­friend, Ellen La­batos, 27, worked as a nanny for two daugh­ters of a Pas­tor- teacher cou­ple in Barangay Lib­er­tad, Su­ral­lah to con­front her.

Supt. Aldrin Gon­za­les, spokesman for Po­lice Re­gional Of-

La­batos told him she wants to end their re­la­tion­ship.

The sus­pect pulled a kitchen knife and lunged at La­batos but missed. The woman then ran out­side the house and asked their neigh­bor for help.

La­batos told po­lice Judilla grabbed 10- month- old Cher­ries Joy Pam­plona from the ham­mock and stabbed her four times and then took Jiana Grace, 4, from the room and stabbed her in the back.

The neigh­bors rushed the chil­dren to a nearby hos­pi­tal but they died while un­der­go­ing treat­ment.

Judilla later at­tempted to com­mit sui­cide by stab­bing his chest and ab­domen. Po­lice said he died while be­ing trans­ported to the pro­vin­cial hos­pi­tal in Koron­adal City.

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