THE two men accused in the killing of a 15-year-old grade eight pupil have been placed in solitary confinement following rumors that one of them was killed by inmates at the provincial jail.
Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) consultant Marco Toral told Sun.Star Cebu that accused Elmo Relatibo and Raymond Albuera were separated from the other prisoners for their security.
“Tabangan unya sa mga piniriso dinhi (The prisoners might gang up on them),” he said.
Female inmate Mercedita Relacion, who is facing drug charges, was also separately confined for allegedly spreading the rumor that one of the accused was killed.
”Nagpakatap man gud og estorya nga gipatay ang usa sa duha ka suspetsado (She was responsible for spreading rumors that one of the suspects was killed),” Toral said.
Prison Guard 1 Rey Heyrosa said that Relatibo and Albuera were placed in solitary confinement upon their arrival at the CPDRC last March 14.
“Ang mga tawo (inmate) nagpangagot, so among gi-safety (we kept them in safe place to protect them angry inmates),” said Heyrosa.
Relatibo, Albuera and Rowin “Roy” Saraosos were arrested hours after the killing of Higida last March 7 in Barangay Bulasa, Argao.
Higida was walking alone to school early morning on that day when the accused allegedly waylaid her and hit her head with a hard object.
Her body was later found in a grassy portion of the barangay.
Relatibo and Albura were charged with murder, while Saraosos is facing a complaint for abandonment and failure to assist the victim, a violation under the Revised Penal Code.