Hilongos, Leyte–An old grudge was believed to be the reason behind the stabbing to death of a farmer by a laborer this town, last Sunday (Oct. 23).
Hilongos police chief, Lt. Edwin Villarino, identified the victim as Felipe Lelis, 35, while the suspect was identified as Reynaldo Lolor, 47, both residents of Barangay Campina, here.
Initial investigation conducted by the local police disclosed that the victim and his wife were walking on their way home after attending a drinking session in Brgy. Baas when they saw the suspect driving his single motorcycle.
The police said that the victim tried to flag down the suspect but the latter refused to stop, and on that instance, the victim followed the suspect heading towards his house.
However, while the victim was on his way to the suspect’s house, the suspect came back armed with a long-bladed weapon locally known as ‘sundang’ and hacked the victim on the forehead and fled.
The victim was brought to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival by his attending.
The suspect was arrested during a hot pursuit operation and recovered from his possession the sundang he used in stabbing the victim.
Lolor is now detained at the local police station. (ROBERT DEJON)