Grandma: Why was my grandson slaughtered like pig?


By Tara Yap and Francis Allan L. Angelo


“ANO sala sang bata nga daw baboy pag patay sa  iya?” (What did the child do that he was slaughtered like a pig?) Gloria Peregil asked while holding back her tears.


The 70-year-old grandmother of Buenaventura “Ben-Ben” Peregil Jr. is shocked at the manner of his untimely demise.


The senior high school student of Central Philippine University (CPU) and resident of Petalsville Subdivision, Jaro died from 13 stab wounds in La Paz Plaza Wednesday night. 


Mrs. Peregil remains to wonder why Ben-Ben was in La Paz plaza Wednesday night when he sent a text message to his aunt Anita past 6:30pm informing that he was in Bankers Village in Jaro district studying with classmates for their 3rd grading exams. 


Mrs. Peregil added she couldn’t understand why her grandson was there in La Paz Plaza again when he almost became a victim of a holdup months earlier. Ben-Ben apparently kept quiet about the incident but told close relatives while on vacation in Silay City, Negros Occidental last November. 


However, the family also speculates the involvement of Ben-Ben’s mysterious girl text mate, whom he supposedly met that night. The grandmother believes this mysterious text mate can shed light to what happened.


Mrs. Peregil told The Daily Guardian that Ben-Ben was a good kid and had no enemies.  She said he was very friendly and treated his friends with sincerity.


She also remembered Ben-Ben’s heroism during typhoon Frank that saved her and her 72-year-old husband. She said Ben-Ben made a makeshift rope out of blankets to tie around their waists unto a reclining bed, which rescued them from drowning or swept away by the strong current.


The victim planned to take up a course in culinary arts or train in cooking as he wanted to work as cook in an international cruise liner. His grandmother recalled that he was fond of cooking sinigang na bangus, puchero and guisado.  


Ben-Ben was the only son of single mother Lilibeth Peregil, who works in Hong Kong as a domestic helper.  He was raised by his grandmother Gloria and Aunt Anita since a toddler as his mother would send money from Hong Kong to sustain his needs. 


The La Paz police said they have identified the suspects in Peregil’s murder.


Senior Insp. Alexander Rosales, LaPaz police chief, said several witnesses have surfaced and helped them identify the culprits.


Rosales said it is possible the suspects were drug crazed as indicated by the 12 stab wounds in Peregil’s body.


“Based on our investigation, the victim left Gaisano City Mall to meet his friends at the plaza. We continue to conduct follow up operations so that we can arrest the suspects as soon as possible,” Rosales said.


Rosales said he has assigned two police officers to patrol LaPaz plaza at night to prevent crimes from happening in the area.


Most of the lights in the plaza were destroyed by typhoon Frank last June although Rosales said the City government and Panay Power Corp. pledged to replace the damaged lights.