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Robbery established as motive for rape-slay case in QC

Robbery was established as the motive of the suspect who stabbed to death and raped his 18-year-old neighbor inside her rented room in Quezon City last week.

Police BGen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., chief of Quezon City Police District (QCPD), said Elimond Domingo, 25, was arrested in a follow-up operation after his necklace with the dog tag was recovered in the crime scene.

Domingo was tagged in the killing of victim Allison Dacillo, a Grade 11 student, whose body was found with stab wounds while lying on his bed.

Probers said Domingo was also renting a room with his mother in the same house at No. 25 La Trinidad Street in Barangay Payatas B.

Based on the confession of the suspect, his mother was asleep after their drinking session around 12:30 a.m. on June 7 when he went out of their room and passed by Dacillo who was listening to music through headphones while about to enter her unit.

Out of influence of alcohol, Domingo said he went back to his room for a kitchen knife which he used to unlock the victim’s door who was already sleeping and took away her phone and keys.

However, Dacillo woke up while the suspect was about to escape prompting him to cover her mouth with his hands and repeatedly stabbed the victim on her neck, left arm, and left side of the body

The shorts and undergarment of the victim were also missing and a medico-legal examination showed that Dacillo was raped.

In an earlier report from Batasan Police Station (PS-6), Dacillo’s body was discovered about 5 p.m. when a witness passed by her room and smelled something off.

During the investigation, neighbors of the victim including Domingo were invited for questioning when probers noticed that he was uneasy and suspicious.

“Ito, umpisa pa lang, paunti-unti na siya na naging primary suspect kasi siya yung may sagot lagi, na bawat tanong, may depensa, laging may paliwanag,” Maj. Elmer Monsalve, chief of QCPD Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) said.

While investigating the background of Domingo, investigators found that a broken silver necklace recovered near the victim’s body matched the necklace he was wearing in a picture on his social media account.

A witness also bared that Domingo was seen coming out from the victim’s room on the night of the incident.

This prompted joint operatives of QCPD-CIDU and PS-6 to arrest the suspect in his rented room who admitted the crime during questioning.

He also told the police that he hid the victim’s mint green underwear and pink shorts inside her room, while the stolen mobile phone and keys were recovered in a creek near Soliven Street in Barangay Commonwealth.

Further investigation revealed that the suspect has a standing warrant of arrest for drug charges issued by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 228.

Meanwhile, the victim’s mother, Edna Dacillo, broke into tears when police narrated what happened.

According to Edna, she was working as a caretaker in Cavite when she received the news about her eldest.

Edna bared that she last talked to her daughter a week ago through chat and told her that she’s doing fine.

It appears that the younger Dacillo decided to live in the apartment near the house of his aunt for a year now to study.

She added that the victim’s father is an overseas Filipino worker in Saudi Arabia and was always giving their daughter her allowance.

“Nagkaroon siya ng communication sa Papa niya, binibigyan siya ng sustento direct na sa kanya. Syempre, mahal siya ng Papa niya, kung anong i-request niya sinusunod ng Papa niya,” an emotional Eden said.

“Alam siguro na palagi siyang pinapadalhan ng pera ng papa niya, ganun ang ginawa niya,” she added.

Domingo is now under police custody while cases for robbery with homicide and rape will be filed against him before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office. (Alexandria San Juan)

Airport screening officer apprehended for taking cash from Hong Kong tourist

An airport screening officer was apprehended by members of Manila International Airport Authority Airport (MIAA) following a complaint from a Hong Kong tourist who claimed that cash was forcibly taken from his handbag before boarding a flight back to Hong Kong.

The screener was identified as Nissan Abellon Villarino, from the Office for Transportation Security (OTS). His arrest stemmed from the investigation by MIAA on the Facebook post of Jackie Freeman Yuen, a Hong Kong national who traveled to the Philippines for a vacation together with a group of friends.

Yuen posted on Facebook that one of his friends was pulled aside after they finished the final security screening at NAIA Terminal 2. Yuen and his friends had just checked in for a Philippine Airlines flight back to Hong Kong on the afternoon of June 10.

He and his friends had just checked in for a Philippine Airlines flight back to Hong Kong on the afternoon of June 10, when they passed through the final security screening at NAIA Terminal 2. Several of them had already passed through screening, however, one of his friends was pulled aside as the Villarino wanted to check his backpack manually.

Yuen said that VIllarion wanted to check his friend’s backpack manually. He opened it and reportedly removed the items inside one by one. The screener then pulled out the passenger’s wallet from the backpack, opened it, and allegedly pulled out two HK$1,000 bills from the wallet.

According to Yuen, Villariono demanded the passenger to give him the money for no reason at all. Yuen’s friend, who spoke very little English, refused to give Villarino the bills, but the suspect insisted and took the money anyway.

The passenger then looked for his other companions who spoke better English and asked for help. The victim’s friends, who turned out to be lawyers, accosted the security screener and demanded that he return the money.

Villarino was taken aback when he found out that the victim’s companions knew how to speak English then returned the stolen money. The tourists no longer had time to make a formal complaint with the MIAA and proceeded to the boarding gate to catch their flight.

It was when they arrived back in Hong Kong that Yuen was able to inform MIAA officials about the incident after communicating with them through Facebook messenger. Members of the MIAA Surveillance and Screening Department (SSD) swiftly took action with Inspector Jesus Ducusin spearheading the case.

Inspector Ducusin got in touch with Mr. Yuen in Hong Kong and after getting some facts to the case, was able to identify and later apprehend the security screener. During the inquiry, Villarino voluntarily submitted his written statement admitting that he took the cash from the tourist.

The Airport Authority has removed Villarino from his posting and revoked his access inside the airport terminal as administrative charges are being filed against him.

Meanwhile, the airport police are waiting for a formal complaint to be filed by the Hong Kong Nationals at the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong so they can file a criminal case against Villarino.

The MIAA regards the act as highly contemptuous and an insult to the rest of airport workers who are mindfully doing their jobs to earn their keep. (Dhel Nazario)

Woman found dead inside her home in Paranaque

A woman was found dead after a still unidentified suspect allegedly broke into her home on Tuesday in Parañaque City.

The victim was identified as Cristina Escaña Torres, 29. Torres was last seen by her husband Noel Torresat around 9:15 in the morning preparing food before going to her office.

Initial investigation showed that Noel discovered the lifeless body of her wife at around 4:30 in the afternoon at their house along Saint Jude Street, Multinational Village, Barangay Moonwalk, Parañaque City.

Police said that the victim was able to text Noel if he was coming for dinner to which he replied yes.

When Noel returned home he opened their main gate and lighted an incense stick at their altar, before calling her wife who did not respond.

He then searched for her, until he saw the vault in the master’s bedroom was destroyed and that their belongings were scattered. He was surprised when he saw the lifeless body of his wife lying on the floor.

Immediately he called up for help from his neighbors who asked for police assistance. The victim was moved to Peoples Funeral for autopsy and for temporary safekeeping while further investigation is underway. (Dhel Nazario)

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