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January 11, 2017 04:34 AM

By: Jennifer P. Rendon

POLICE investigators had an easy time identifying the suspect who hacked dead a laborer in San Rafael, Iloilo, thanks to a pair of slippers left at the crime scene.

But while police already identified him, suspect Almar Lopez remains at-large after he allegedly killed his friend Garryn Libuna, 31, of Barangay Aripdip, San Rafael.

Residents of Aripdip fund Libuna’s body sprawled on the roadside at around 6 a.m. of Jan. 10, 2017. The victim succumbed to hack wounds on his head and face.

Recovered from the crime scene was a pair of slippers and a knife from Libuna’s body.

The victim’s wife claimed that the slippers belonged to Lopez who also resides in Aripdip.

Just like Libuna, the suspect is also a farm worker.

Inspector Ruben Perra, San Rafael police chief, said Lopez and Libuna were seen drinking liquor together the night before the victim was found dead.

The drunken duo then quarreled over a still undetermined issue.

Lopez later accompanied the victim to the highway to go home at around 9 p.m. of Jan. 9.

Again, they had a verbal tussle until Libuna allegedly attempted to stab Lopez.

Lopez went home and took a bolo and chased Libuna. He later spotted the victim who was pushing his motorcycle after it ran out of fuel.

The suspect then hacked the victim to death.

 

Witnesses also claimed they saw the suspect passing by a wake. His pants were stained with blood, they added.