By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – The Bacolod City Police Office yesterday filed robbery with homicide/murder charges against two suspected call boys for the brutal slay of Dr. Andres Gumban here.
Meanwhile, S/Supt. Ricardo Dela Paz in a press conference showed to the local media a video recorder, recovered by police forces, showing how the crime was committed by the two suspects.
Dela Paz said the video clearly showed that the crime was well-planned by the suspects, a 16-year-old minor from Barangay Mabini, Cadiz City and Fof Pascual, 18 years old from Barangay Tadlong, Sagay City.
Dela Paz said the video will be used as evidence against the two suspects.
He said suspects’ self-defense claim has been weakened by the video recovery.
The suspects said the victim attempted to sexually assault one of them but the police said it was only their alibi.
The video showed that the 16-year-old suspect hit the doctor with a large stone on the head from behind.
When the victim fell on the floor, Pascual stabbed him in the different parts of his body.
The victim sustained 34 stab wounds, his neck nearly cut off, Dela Paz said.
The video also showed that the struggling victim was dragged by the 16-year-old suspect to the bathroom where he was finished off.
Dela Paz said they are further investigating the possibility that the suspects could also be behind the hold-up slay of two gays recently. One of the gays was a call center agent who was found dead at a pension house here. The other gay victim was stabbed dead in his house.
Dr. Gumban was the third gay victim, Dela Paz said.
Dela Paz also confirmed valuables and cash were missing from the doctor’s house. The missing items included an I-pod, a necklace, a wrist watch and P50,000 in cash.
He added that it is possible that there are other suspects aside from Fof Pascual Jr., and the 16-year-old from Cadiz City, whom the victim met through the social network.
He said that based on their investigation, someone saw Pascual and the minor texting and going back and forth outside the house of Gumban as if they were waiting for someone before the killing took place.