Philippine Daily Inquirer

Boy, 8, found dead in Baguio’s Burn­ham Park

- —KIMBERLIE QUITASOL

BAGUIO CITY— An 8-year-old boy was found dead on Thurs­day near a park­ing area at Burn­ham Park, a pop­u­lar tourist spot here. His head was bat­tered. Near his body was a blood-splat­tered rock that, foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieved, was used on the boy’s head. Po­lice de­tained a man, iden­ti­fied as Andy Ma­malagyo, 26, who was ear­lier seen walk­ing with the boy to­ward the park’s Ath­letic Bowl, ap­par­ently to play bas­ket­ball, ac­cord­ing to Supt. John Abellera, chief in­ves­ti­ga­tor at the Baguio po­lice. Stu­dents from a pub­lic high school near the park told po­lice that they saw Ma­malagyo strik­ing some­thing with a rock. They said the sight did not bother them, think­ing the man was killing a rat. Po­lice said Ma­malagyo’s shirt bore blood­stains, which were ex­am­ined at the crime lab­o­ra­tory.

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