Man beheads ma

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Percival Gabitanan, 34, is in jail after he allegedly killed his 70-year-old mother.


A MAN believed to be under the influence of illegal drugs allegedly beheaded his own mother inside their house at Purok Villa Esperanza, Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City Thursday morning.

Police identified the suspect as Percival Gabitanan, 34, who used to be a trisikad driver.

Inspector Richard Fajarito, deputy commander of Police Station 8, said Gabitanan was arrested after he allegedly killed his mother Elidena Gabitanan, 70, using a bolo.

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Around 2:45 a.m., Elidena had a heated argument with her son. After several minutes, Elidena was heard asking for help and begging her son not to kill her.

The suspect told to his mother, “patyon taka kay indi ka na mapuslan, mahuya ka mag gwa sa balay nga wala sang bayo (I will kill you because you are useless, you should be ashamed to go outside naked).

Fajarito said the body of the elderly woman was found behind their shanty. Both her hands were tied with a cloth while her legs were tied with a cellophane. Her severed head was on his son’s bed.

Police recovered from the scene of the crime the bolo with bloodstains, a knife sharpener, and a bamboo pole.

Fajarito said Gabitanan hit his mother with the bamboo pole on her face and head before he beheaded her. The neighbors were afraid to help the victim because her son was armed.

Rosalinda Alfiscar, 40, and Mary Ann Arangote, 30, both neighbors of the victim, told the police that around 2 a.m., they heard a loud noise from the house of Elidena then heard her asking for help.

Alfiscar and Arangote said they asked for assistance from a barangay watchman, however, when they arrived, Gabitanan had already killed his mother. They found him sitting on his bed with the head of his mother on his side.

According to the neighbors, the suspect has a murder record in Manila and they have been staying in Barangay Tangub for almost 14 years. Elidena has two other children in Manila.

Fajarito said the suspect could be under the influence of illegal drugs because he was not acting normal when he was arrested.

He said they will file parricide charges against the suspect, who is detained at the Police Station 8 jail. His mother’s body was brought to a funeral parlor.

Gabitanan admitted that he’s a drug user. He said he killed his mother because she looks like a witch, but expressed regret for what he did to his mother.

He also confirmed that he was involved in a murder case in Manila.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 25, 2014.

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