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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.




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)

July 2020

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