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By Francis Allan L. Angelo

A 25-year-old man in Pontevedra, Capiz beheaded and cooked the head of his parents Tuesday morning.

Editha Dela Vega, 62, was busy preparing coffee in their kitchen when her son Fernan Dela Vega sneaked behind her and struck her neck with the back of an axe.

As Editha fell to the floor, her husband Federico, 56, a kagawad of Brgy. Limampungan saw the incident and tried to grab the axe from their son Fernan.

But Fernan also pummeled and knocked off his father with the axe.

Renato dela Cruz, a neighbor and relative of the dela Vegas saw the incident and tried to stop Fernan but the latter also chased him with the axe.

Dela Cruz ran to the house of their village chief Rodolfo Balsomo to ask for help. When they returned to the dela Vegas’s house, they witnessed a horrendous sight.

Fernan dragged his Federico’s body outside their house and started to chop his father’s head with an espading (machete).

When the espading failed to severe Federico’s head, Fernan used a knife to complete the grisly ritual.

He then threw Federico’s head into a pot of boiling water and seasoned the broth with salt and vetsin (monosodium glutamate).

The police later arrived and they also saw how Fernan tasted the grisly soup he was cooking.

The village officials and police could not go near Fernan as he kept on threatening to hack them with his weapons.

Armando Blasurca, former municipal councilor of Pontevedra and owner of the lot where the dela Vegas leave, helped convince Fernan to surrender.

Relatives of Fernan said he was admitted to the Regional Mental Health Center in Pototan, Iloilo for substance abuse in 2005.

Back in college, Fernan was hooked on shabu until he developed nervous breakdown. He was later released from the hospital in 2008 after showing signs of improvement.

Prior to the incident, Fernan asked his parents’ permission to go to Metro Manila but they refused.

Fernan is in isolation at the Pontevedra PNP.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE Iloilo City government will put up a temporary treatment pool at the Calajunan dumpsite in Mandurriao, Iloilo as part of its mitigating measures to protect residents around the dump.

Mayor Jerry Treñas gave the commitment during a conference at the sala of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 28 Judge Lodia Diestro-Maputol Tuesday at the Hall of Justice.

The conference is relative to the petition for temporary restraining order (TRO) and injunction filed by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Iloilo to stop the City Hall from disposing garbage in the dump.

The IBP, led by its president Marven Daquilanea, Norberto Posecion and Hector Teodosio, claimed that the continued use of the dump violates the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

During the conference, Treñas said the city government will put up a temporary water treatment pool at the Calajunan in 15 days.

The pool will treat water from the dumpsite until the City Hall has finished the bidding process of the water treatment plant to be installed in the area.

The treatment pool will process seepage or leachate from the dump before it is thrown into the nearby Dungon Creek.

In return, Judge Maputol will not issue a TRO against the City Hall but it will continue to hear the plea for an injunction against the continued use of the dumpsite.

Prosecutor Jeremy Bionat, one of the petitioners in the case, said the water treatment plant is one of the urgent installations that must be put up in the dump.

“There are 22 violations committed by the city government which we cited in the petition and water treatment is one of them,” Bionat said.

The IBP is at the forefront of compelling the City Government to comply with environmental laws by filing mandamus suits and petitions for injunctions.

The lawyers’ group is also set to file a mandamus case against the City Hall to compel it to clean the Iloilo River.

September 2009

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