Ba­colod City man stabs nephew to death

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A man be­lieved to be un­der the in­flu­ence of il­le­gal drugs stabbed his six-year-old nephew to death over the week­end in­side their home at Purok Si­gay in Barangay Sing­cang-Air­port, Ba­colod City.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the fa­tal­ity as Nonoy An­to­nio.

In an in­ter­view with Watch­men Daily Jour­nal, Romel Sal­gado, the vic­tim’s rel­a­tive, said, on the night prior to the in­ci­dent, the vic­tim and sus­pect, iden­ti­fied as Ar­nel An­to­nio, had din­ner and watched a movie.

The vic­tim and sus­pect later re­turned home af­ter the younger An­to­nio

re­port­edly wanted to go to bed.

Around 12:30 a.m., Sal­gado re­ported hear­ing shout­ing from the sus­pect’s home.

He im­me­di­ately re­sponded and, upon ar­rival, found the blood­ied vic­tim on the bed, while the sus­pect was no longer on the premises.

Sal­gado called on neigh­bors for as­sis­tance.

The mi­nor was rushed to a hos­pi­tal in the city, but was de­clared dead on ar­rival af­ter sus­tain­ing 22 stab wounds across his body.

Mean­while, the neigh­bors, along with sev­eral barangay tan­ods, hunted down the sus­pect. He was later found hid­ing at his cousin’s house, lo­cated at the barangay’s Purok Mag­sun­gay, and was taken into cus­tody by Po­lice Sta­tion 8 (PS8).

The fam­ily later dis­closed the as­sailant was pos­si­bly un­der the in­flu­ence of il­le­gal drugs dur­ing the in­ci­dent. The sus­pect even­tu­ally ad­mit­ted to the crime, claim­ing he heard “voices” as they were sleep­ing.

Cops re­cov­ered the buckle knife al­legedly used in the at­tack.

The vic­tim’s fa­ther, Rene, mean­while, rushed back to Ba­colod City from Cebu af­ter hear­ing what hap­pened.

The fa­ther im­me­di­ately vis­ited PS8 to con­front the sus­pect, whom he punched. Au­thor­i­ties even­tu­ally man­aged to hold back vic­tim’s par­ent, while the sus­pect was re­turned to his jail cell.

The fa­ther con­firmed he would pur­sue crim­i­nal charges against the sus­pect.

In con­nec­tion to the in­ci­dent, PS8 anti-drug op­er­a­tives con­ducted a buy-bust op­er­a­tion in the same area, re­sult­ing in the ar­rest of 47-year-old Car­l­ito De­ri­ada.

PS8 com­man­der, Po­lice Chief In­spec­tor Ruel Cu­lanag, said, based on their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, De­ri­ada al­legedly sold il­le­gal drugs to the sus­pect.

Cops re­cov­ered a to­tal six big sa­chets of sus­pected shabu, val­ued around P85,000; P700 in sus­pected drug pro­ceeds; a pair of scis­sors; and drug para­pher­na­lia.

De­ri­ada is now de­tained at PS8 on drug-re­lated charges./DGB,

Photo) (Do­minique Gabriel G. Bañaga

A man be­lieved to be un­der the in­flu­ence of il­le­gal drugs stabbed his six-year-old nephew to death over the week­end in Barangay Sing­cang-Air­port, Ba­colod City.

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