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By Tara Yap and Francis Allan L. Angelo

 

IS love triangle the likely motive behind the brutal murder of a 16-year-old high school student of Central Philippine University (CPU) last week?

 

The LaPaz police initially eyed plain robbery as the reason for the death of Buenaventura “Ben-Ben” Peregil Jr. of Petalsville Subdivision, Jaro, Iloilo City who was found dead with 13 stab wounds in his body inside LaPaz public plaza Wednesday last week.

 

Senior Insp. Alexander Rosales, LaPaz police chief, said it is probable that the suspects were high on drugs.

 

But based on information gathered by The Daily Guardian, Peregil’s death may have something to do with a mysterious female text mate he was supposed to meet at the public plaza that fateful Wednesday evening.

 

According to a witness of the LaPaz police, Peregil received a warning from his girl text mate not to stay any longer at the plaza because “they will kill you.”

 

Peregil’s grandmother Gloria said that was the information they got from police investigators during their conversation Thursday.

 

The identity of the text mate remains unknown because Peregil’s cellphone is missing until now.

 

Rosales said they are pursuing all angles to the case now that they have found several witnesses who related what happened to the victim.

 

Peregil was the only son of 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. 

 

Months before his death, the victim almost got robbed also at LaPaz plaza but did not tell his grandmother and aunt about it.

 

Peregil’s remains now lie at their home in Petalsville Subdivision.

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By Francis Allan L. Angelo

 

IN LaPaz, Iloilo City, a 16-year-old high school student of the Central Philippine University was found dead inside LaPaz plaza past 7am Wednesday.

 

The stab-riddled body of Buenaventura Peregil of Brgy. Tabuc Suba, Jaro was found near the pond inside the plaza.

 

Peregil was rushed to the West Visayas State University Medical Center where he was declared dead on arrival.

 

A stainless steel knife was recovered from the crime scene allegedly used by three suspects.

 

The LaPaz police are eyeing robbery-holdup as motive for the crime because Peregil’s cellphone was missing.

 

Before he was found dead, Peregil informed his aunt that he was still in LaPaz working on an assignment with a classmate.

 

ALARMED

 

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas met with punong barangays of LaPaz to discuss Peregil’s case and possible security measures to deter crimes in the area.

 

Treñas said Peregil’s killing was a very unfortunate incident. He ordered the police to investigate the matter and conduct high police visibility by patrolling the plaza every night.

 

The 25-member Association of Barangay Captains-La Paz district headed by Carlos Guarin assured the city mayor of their full cooperation and support in maintaining peace and order in the district and near the plaza.

 

Treñas said he has also directed the city engineer’s office electrical division to inspect the streetlights and to add more lights in the plaza.

 

Panay Power Corporation (PPC) will also help by giving five units of 1,000 watt floodlights which will be installed at the plaza.

 

The district plaza, which includes a covered gym, lagoon and football field, was the subject of complaints by La Paz residents because it is very dark at night as only a few lampposts and streetlights are functioning. (With reports from Lydia C. Pendon)

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