AN INDIE actor had been detained and is facing possible murder charges for the brutal death of an office supervisor inside a supermarket in San Mateo, Rizal, on Wednesday night.
Eugene Kiro Tejada, who appeared in some sexually oriented indie films, was arrested by the police after witnesses pointed to him as the one who mauled to death Frenil Bautista, 44, married, an administrative supervisor at the Beta Equipment Sales Corp, on Nov. 22, at about 6:30 p.m.
Tejada, also a businessman, was among the actors in the low-budgeted indie film “Kubli” portraying a character in gay relationship.
Reports from the San Mateo Police Station disclosed that Tejada, resident of 20 Vancouver Filinvest 1, Batasan Hills, Quezon City, mauled Bautista inside the comfort room of the Puregold branch in Banaba, San Mateo, breaking the victim’s skull causing him to slip into a coma.
Bautista, after two days of being unconscious in a hospital bed, died at the Marikina Valley Medical Center on Friday hours after doctors performed a delicate brain surgery on him because of the severe damage caused by the mauling.
Doctors said a portion of Bautista’s skull had to be removed to drain the blood clot as a result of massive blows to the head.
Prior to the mauling incident, Tejada accused Bautista of groping a body part of the suspect’s live-in partner, May Jana Malilin, while inside the Puregold grocery.
The family of Bautista claimed the victim was falsely accused of allegedly taking sexual advances against the girl, saying it was not in the victim’s character to do such a thing.
Families and relatives of Bautista could not believe Malilin’s claim because of all people, the victim was a decent man, a very soft-spoken and kind-hearted person.
It was learned that the victim has been suffering from diabetes and high-blood pressure and more often he would feel dizzy or disoriented at some point.
At that time of the said advances as claimed by Malilin, Bautista may be suffering from disorientation because of high sugar or high-blood pressure and accidentally leaned on the suspect’s live-in partner, the victim’s family members added.
“Na-misinterpret nya siguro na hinipuan sya,” said Fernan Marasigan, the victim’s brother-in-law.
“I swear to my father’s grave. Hinding hindi nya magagawa ang mangbastos ng babae. Binata pa lang yan kilala ko na yan. Sobrang bait. Sobrang tahimik at disenteng tao. Hindi ko pa nakitang nagalit yan o nagmura o sumimangot,” he added.