NBI indicts high school student for stabbing

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013


THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) recommended the filing of charges against a student who tried to kill another in a stabbing incident at the Southern Philippines Polytechnic College (SPPC) in Doña Salud Subdivision, Sasa, Davao City last November 24.

Facing frustrated homicide charges is Romil Paran, an 18-year-old second year high school student of SPPC and a resident of Don Ramon, Panacan.

Prosecutor Carlos Castaños Jr. found probable cause to charge Paran based on the investigation and recommendation of NBI Special Investigator Gerald Intes.

Intes revealed that the incident happened around 1:30 p.m. November 24 after. Paran was accused of trying to kill Eufracio Merlow III, 23, hailing from Doña Salud Subdivision, Sasa.

Merlow told Intes in an interview that Paran was about to go out of the school when he held the latter as he didn't have the permission of the school president Jewel Tabas. Paras, in turn, went to the school president to ask permission which was later granted.

When the respondent was about to go out of the campus, he passed by Merlow who was eating at school canteen. Paran then challenged the victim to a fistfight outside of the campus. Merlow told Intes that he subdued Paran in the fistfight but when they clashed anew, the respondent pulled out a hunting knife and stabbed Merlow on his stomach.

The victim was rushed to the Southern Philippines Medical Center where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit for two weeks.

Paran, meanwhile, fled to an unknown direction and is now at large.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 10, 2013.

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