2 motives eyed in Zambo Sur massacre

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011


ZAMBOANGA CITY (2nd Update, 7:27 p.m.) -- Police are eyeing two possible motives in the massacre of four people, including a four-year-old boy, in the village of Bogayo, Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur.

Zamboanga del Sur Police Director Jose Bayani Gucela said the possible motives are robbery and “love angle”.

The victims identified as Elizabeth Ybanez, 58, widow, and her granddaughters Cherry Mae saquilabon, 16, and Karen Andojo, 23, and nephew Jhon Ryan Celario, 4, were found dead inside their home by their neighbors around 9 a.m. Monday.

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The victims, who succumbed to multiple hack and stab wounds, were believed to have been killed around 5 a.m. as their neighbors have heard commotion at the victims' residence.

However, none of them dared to check at that time, thinking it was only a petty quarrel.

Gucela said the motive could be robbery since the suspects, who barged into the victims' residence, carted away P4,000 cash, two mobile phones and a silver necklace.

Gucela said it could also be love angle since they learned that the former live-in partner of one of Ybanez's granddaughters was seen having a drinking spree the night before the victims were found dead. (Sunnex)

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