Editorial: Brutal-A A +A
Sunday, September 22, 2013
WE ARE once again saddened by the brutal murders, which transpired inside a residence in Angeles City. Six dead and all suffered from headshots. Kill shots, as they call it. In short, they were really not meant to live after the so-called robbery took place.
Police have yet to confirm the motive behind the crime, which took the lives of milkfish trader Corazon Salas-Edejer, 47; Kenneth Nolan Edejer, 19; stay-in staff Nelson Dominico, 17; a female househelp identified only as Kakay, 27, of Sapang Bato, Angeles City; another househelp Teresita Lansangan-Camiling, 40, of Magalang town; and Benigno “Bong” Villanueva Ingar Jr., 52, of Balibago, Angeles City.
People are speculating that it may not have been robbery at all, like what the papers say, because why leave the vault behind? If they really wanted what was inside the steel safe, why didn’t the suspects take it with them when they used the victims’ SUV as their getaway vehicle?
The police are still doing an inventory of the Edejers’ belongings, reports say, to determine if robbery was indeed the reason for the massacre. To date, we have not heard from the authorities yet on this, and the Edejers’ close friends and surviving family are still in the dark as to what prompted such a bloody incident.
Did the Edejers earn the ire of someone through their business? Did they make enemies somewhere along the way of their success? What did they do for them to suffer such a fate? Or was this just a random incident?
A lot of questions, which need answers soon.
One thing is sure, though: this incident has made us realize that there really is no distinction between the rich and the poor when it comes to crime.
Let’s just hope that one of the Edejers who survived the attack – the head of the family, Nicolas – live to tell the tale.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 23, 2013.