Dárlán Páléncìá Bárcélón
Viga, Catanduanes, [02.13.18] – The principal suspect in the death of a 17 years old abaca stripper of Barangay P. Vera [Summit] Viga, Catanduanes was placed under arrest by Viga Municipal Police Station after he voluntarily surrendered at 8:40 in the evening tonight.
Police Senior Inspector Dexter Panganiban, Acting Chief of Police of Viga Municipal Police Station told The Philippine Examiner via electronic message that Arturo Timbal y Dela Torre, 25 years old, abaca stripper, single has voluntarily surrendered to the village officials of Barangay P. Vera and was place under arrest subsequently.
Police Senior Inspector Panganiban revealed thatTimbal surrendered to Punong Barangay Punong Barangay Jaide Bernisca y Tarnate who turned over the suspect.
He gave credit to the suspect’s early surrender to the early police response to the incident and the cooperation of the village officials and the community.
In depth police investigation revealed: At around 4:30 in the afternoon while while Salve Bernisca y Timbal, mother of suspect and grandmother of the victim, was sleeping on a hammock inside her bedroom, the suspect, arrived and woke her up looking for his nephew, Jhon Michael. The mother’s victim asked Arturo why he is looking for Jhon Michael she was answered by the suspect: “Sasaksakon ko yan!” I will stab that.
After the suspect uttered the threat the said victim arrived at their house he was stabbed by the suspect using a knife.
The victim was rushed to the Viga District Hospital, Viga, Catanduanes for immediate medical attention but was declared dead on arrival.
Salve Bernisca, also disclosed that the victim and suspect frequently had a heated arguments regarding the vices of the suspect, particularly his addiction to “cockfighting”. Due to the said vices, the suspect is not able to financially help them.
Prior to the stabbing incident, they had a heated argument yesterday, February 12, 2018, wherein the suspect was again chastised by the victim regarding his vices, the grandmother ended.