CH bldg. administrator clings to life in the ICU-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
THE building administrator of Cebu City Hall is confined in the Intensive Care Unit of a private hospital after he was mauled by a disgruntled ex-employee inside the City Hall last Monday.
Engineer Emiliano Cruz, 57, suffered a fractured head and left arm after he was struck with a twisted bar by 55-year-old Wilson Kilat, police said.
Kilat admitted he was angry at the victim for not renewing his contract.
Cruz heads the Building Maintenance Section and Kilat worked under him until the latter’s contract expired last August.
Kilat told police he worked for City Hall for 25 years and he was due to retire in three years.
PO1 Reoful Adalim of the Cebu City Police Office’s Homicide Section said the incident took place around 5:30 p.m. outside the Office for Senior Citizens’ Affairs.
Argument gone bad
The pair was arguing, and the victim reportedly yelled at Kilat who left.
“Nakaminus man gud siya (Cruz) namong mga pobre, lisud kaayo. Nangutana ra ko unya kay nasingka man siya, niingon nga wala na sya’y labot (Cruz looks down on poor people like me. I was only trying to ask a question when he yelled at me and told me he wouldn’t have anything to do with me),” Kilat said in an interview with radio dyRF.
The suspect returned with a twisted bar and attacked Cruz.
PO1 Christopher Mariot, who happened to be in the area, saw the incident and immediately arrested Kilat. Cruz was rushed to the hospital.
Mariot, who is assigned in the Cebu City Public Safety Company, was escorting someone at that time.
Kilat denied he was drunk during the incident, but admitted he had a drink. “Hubog pa ko, dili ko kabunal (I wouldn’t have been able to hit Cruz if I were drunk).”
Meanwile, Adalim said the victim, a resident of Barangay Sambag I, was fighting for his life, as of press time yesterday.
“Naglisod siya og ginhawa tungod sa iyang samad sa ulo (He has a hard time breathing because of his head wound),” he told Sun.Star Cebu.
Police recovered the twisted bar, while they detained Kilat, a resident of Barangay Mabolo, in the Waterfront Police Station.
Adalim said they still need to interview the victim to get his side of the story before they can file a complaint against Kilat.
When Mayor Michael Rama learned about the incident, he said Kilat doesn’t deserve to
work for the government.
The mayor visited Cruz at the hospital yesterday, and said the latter was conscious.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 02, 2013.