Mindanao Times

Suspect in Jesuit volunteer rob-slay nabbed


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews) – The suspect in the killing of a Jesuit volunteer and the wounding of her housemate last Friday afternoon in Pangantuca­n town, Bukidnon has been arrested.

S/Sgt. Michael Villasan of the Pangantuca­n Police Station said the suspect, Arnold Naquilla, 36, a resident of Santo Nino Village in Pangantuca­n, was arrested in his residence at around 5 p.m. Friday.

Villasan said Genifer “Gen” Buckly, 24, and lawyer Anne Kathleen Gatdula 30, of Batch 40 of the Jesuit Volunteers Philippine­s (JVP), allegedly caught Naquilla stealing

their belongings inside their boarding house early Friday afternoon.

“We don’t know his motive yet but Naquilla stabbed the victims instead of surrenderi­ng,” Villasan told MindaNews on Saturday.

Lawyer Antonio La Vina, a Batch 2 Jesuit volunteer, said Buckly was “our first violent casualty in 40 years. One volunteer died of natural causes more than 20 years ago.”

Villasan said Naquilla was arrested based on the accounts of witnesses who saw him running away from the victims’ house.

He said they brought Naquilla to the hospital where Gatdula was recuperati­ng but the victim was “too traumatize­d” to see the suspect.

“Gatdula is still in shock and traumatize­d by the incident,” Villasan told MindaNews by phone.

He said they instead brought a cartograph­ic drawing of Naquilla to Gatdula for identifica­tion.

“Gatdula confirmed Naquilla is the suspect but we know this is still circumstan­tial,” he said.

Villasan said they are hoping Gatdula would be well enough to publicly identify Naquilla.

Buckly, a member of Batch 40 of JVP, has a BS-Secondary Education degree from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University in Zamboanga City.

Villasan said members of the JVP went to Pangantuca­n on Saturday to bring Buckly’s remains to her hometown in Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)

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