Man goes amok in Negros Oriental, kills 2 boys and injures 5 others from same family
DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental — Two boys were killed and five other members from the same family were injured when a man went amok and stabbed the victims on Sunday, February 2, 2020, in Barangay Pacuan, La Libertad, Negros Oriental.
Police Colonel Julian Entoma, director of the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office ( NOPPO), identified the victims as siblings Jillian Jeb Sur, 8, and his two-year-old brother King James.
Wounded were sisters Jenery, 14, Geraldine, 12 and Jane, all surnamed Elarcosa; and their grandparents, Cesar Potestas, 65, and Elsa Potestas 60.
The suspect, identified as Joan Isidro alias Badin, was arrested by the responding soldiers from the Pacuan army detachment of the 94th Mandirigma Battalion led by Staff Sergeant Temie Redondo.
Isidro, a resident of the same barangay, barged into the house of the victims around 6 a.m. on Sunday and shouted that he was going to kill the whole family. Armed with a knife, Isidro started stabbing the members of the family, Entoma told CDN Digital in an interview.
“Diretso ra ni sulod sa panimalay sa biktima naghuramentado. Nasuko ra daw ni sa pamilya. Away ra ni sa ilang pamilya. Kalit ra man miingon nga pamatyon tamong tanan ug misaka ss balay,” Entoma narrated.
(He barged into the house of the family and went berserk. He was angry with the family. It was allegedly a family feud. He came and yelled ‘I will kill all of you’ before he went inside the house)
According to Entoma, the grandfather was wounded but was able to run away and asked for help. The two siblings, believed to be sleeping, were stabbed several times.
“Gidunggab tong apohan maayo kay nakadagan. Looy kadtong bata nga nabilin mao tuy iyang gipangluba ang duha ka bata,” Entoma said.
The grandfather was stabbed and it was fortunate that he was able to run. But the hapless children were repeatedly stabbed)
According to the La Libertad Police Office, the parents of the fatalities were away as they were both working in Cebu City./elb
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