A 60-YEAR-OLD barangay tanod (village watchman) in Carcar City died when he tried last Wednesday afternoon to break up a fight between two women.
In the adjacent town of San Fernando, a former inmate was mauled and killed by a still unidentified person.
Cesar Pantonial, a tanod of Barangay Ocaña in Carcar City, didn't reach a local hospital alive after getting kicked in the crotch allegedly by Rosarie Sarsa, one of the two women who were fighting.
But Sarsa denied kicking Pantonial. She told Sun.Star Superbalita that she fainted from the injuries she received from the Padins, her neighbors.
“How can I kick him when I was on the ground being mauled by Alicia and her companions,” she told Sun.Star Superbalita in Cebuano.
Earlier that day, Sarsa went out to look for her husband, Robin. She was accompanied by her 13-year-old daughter.
Upon seeing Alicia Padin, her neighbor, Sarsa asked her daughter in a loud voice if Robin is with another woman.
Sarsa suspected Padin of having an affair with her husband.
Padin, 40, got irked and confronted Sarsa. Their argument became violent and grew worse when Padin’s two daughters, husband and mother joined the fight.
PO2 Madison Singco of the Carcar City Police said Pantonial was passing by and tried to break up the fight. During the skirmish, the tanod got kicked in the crotch and passed out.
Police investigator SPO3 Jorame Tanudtanud said they are preparing a homicide complaint against Sarsa, saying the kick was the “proximate cause” of Pantonial’s death.
He said they requested for an autopsy on the tanod's body.
Sarsa said that she suspects that one of the Padins kicked the tanod.
She said her family and the Padins used to be friends.
But last Nov. 27 when Sarsa returned home from Cebu City where she worked as a house help, she was told that Alicia owed her husband money.
Sarsa said she told Alicia to pay her debts to Robin and the other woman got angry.
One night, Sarsa said she woke up without Robin by her side, so she went out to look for him. She found Robin sleeping inside an abandoned building near their house.
“Pagpukaw nako, mitubag man siya nga ‘Alicia?’ Pwerti nakong sukoa (When I woke him up, he called me Alicia. I got angry at him),” said Sarsa.
In San Fernando last Wednesday, Lester Canoy, a councilor in the mountain barangay of Bugho, reported to the police that he found the body of Venancio Repaso, 24, a farmer.
A police team led by SPO1 Francisco Salubre found Repaso’s bloodied body on the ground.
Police found a crack on Repaso’s skull and several injuries in the body. Investigators said Repaso was struck several times with a hard object.
Canoy said that Repaso was jailed while facing trial for murder. The farmer was later release when the court dismissed the murder complaint.
The police are looking at the possibility that Repaso’s death was an act of revenge. (With NSU AB Comm. Intern Rolando Balondo Jr.)