A CONSTRUCTION worker said to be high on rugby solvent stabbed dead a six-year-old boy inside the victim’s home on Tuesday night.

The victim was identified as Jermain Mandaguay, a Kinder 1 pupil and resident of Purok 23, Times Beach, Barangay 76-A Bucana in Davao City.

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The victim's mother, Marpusa Mandaguay, told the Talomo Police that she saw her bloodied son beside his brother around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim had five stab wounds and was declared dead when brought to the Davao Medical Center (DMC).

The suspect was identified as one Jason Policarpio, alias Ton-ton, 19, a construction worker, who voluntarily surrendered to the barangay. He also surrendered a 12-inch knife. He said he was intoxicated with solvent when he did it.

Police are now preparing murder charges against him.

In relation to this, Senior Superintendent Rene Aspera, director of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), is alarmed over the crime rates committed by teeners high on rugby solvent.

"Even in the presence of the police, naghahabulan ang mga minors. Nakita ko na nag-riot sila in front of San Pedro Police Station when I visited there. Nahihirapan ang police dahil hindi sila makulong under sa juvenile law," Aspera said in an interview with the media Wednesday.

He agreed on the move of city councilors to impose curfew hours on all minors to curb crimes.

"Dapat may programa ang mga concerned government agencies at may good parenting programs para matulungan ang mga minors," Aspera said. (AD)