Sunday, September 26, 2021

Brit found in creek, dead

PARTY ENDS IN TRAGEDY. Jonathan Paul Harris (on stretcher) was last seen partying in a mall near the creek where he was found in. He was identified through a driver’s license found in his wallet. (SUN.STAR FOTO/RUEL ROSILLO)

A BRITISH national, a woman, a baker, and a store customer died in separate incidents over the weekend.

Jonathan Paul Harris, 29, was found dead in Mahiga Creek in Barangay Apas, Cebu City yesterday morning.

Harris, a native of Ipswich in Suffolk, England, was identified through his driver's license.

Apas chief tanod Rudy Cantila said he received a report about a dead man found in the creek around 5:35 a.m.

Street children also informed the Apas Emergency Response Team assigned at the Cebu Memorial Park about the victim.


SPO4 Alex Dacua of the Cebu City Homicide Section said that Harris was last seen partying at the mall near the creek’s bridge. He was drunk.

"He was walking on wobbly feet," Dacua told reporters in Bisaya.

"Then someone saw he was trying to cross the bridge. Perhaps, he stumbled along his way and he fell to creek."

Harris suffered severe head injuries, said Dacua.

The investigators, however, found no foul play involved in Harris' death because there were no signs of struggle.

"He had no abrasions on his body," Dacua also said.

Cantila said a wallet containing P60,000 and a wristwatch were found in Harris' possession.

Later in the afternoon, a person was shot outside the Tejero Barangay Hall in Cebu City.

Gavino Clemente was wounded but survived the shooting.

Last Friday night, boarding house owner Caridad Parantar, 29, was shot dead in Barangay Sambag I, Cebu City.

The suspect is the victim's live-in partner Edmundo Ursal, 43, who fled after the incident.

A boarder told police he heard the partners arguing, then heard a gunshot.


Parantar had a gunshot wound on the abdomen, said Dacua.

SPO4 Bong Moga, acting chief of the Homicide Section, said they received reports that Ursal gets jealous easily.

Parantar was brought to a private hospital but died.

Meanwhile, two persons were killed in separate vehicular accidents in southern Cebu.

At 7:20 a.m. yesterday, a taxi driven by Joenery Restauro, 32, hit a roadside store, killing a customer and injuring the 12-year-old store attendant in Barili.

PO3 Rommel Patalinghug identified the fatality as Eliza Emnacen, 50, and the injured attendant as Marlie Ramirez.

Emnacen was buying food when she was hit by the taxi, which was ferrying passengers to Cebu City from Moalboal.

Restauro told Patalinghug that he was driving fast because he and his wife will be visiting the cemetery in Mandaue City.

Restauro said he fell asleep while driving.

The passengers were not injured.


Last Friday night, baker Joseph Nilles, 23, was hit by a 10-wheeler truck in Sitio Caipilan, Barangay Poblacion 1, Carcar City.

PO1 Dennis Cabajar said that Edwin Castañares, the driver of the delivery truck (GXU-646), was delivering softdrinks from Ginatilan town to Cebu City.

Nilles, who was on his way to work, was a passenger of a motorcycle-for-hire driven by John Montemayor, 36.

Montemayor tried to overtake the truck but there was another vehicle from the opposite lane.

Montemayor evaded the vehicle but hit the left side of the delivery truck.

The motorcycle fell and Nilles was stuck on the vehicle, killing him instantly.

Montemayor was injured.

Castañares and Restuaro will face charges for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and physical injuries tomorrow. KAL
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