Couple with lending biz killed

THREE men robbed and hacked a 76-year-old businessman and his 68-year-old wife to death in the mountain barangay of Loay, Toledo City.

Margarita Bacus Cepayla and her husband Juanito succumbed to stab and hack wounds in different parts of their bodies.

Investigators believed the couple were killed last Tuesday. The culprits fled with P50,000 and assorted jewelry.

Supt. Samuel Mina Jr., the city police chief, said they already knew the culprits and they are tracking them down. The perpetrators are living in the same village, not far from the victims’ house.

He said they have a witness who saw the culprits passed by the area before the victims were discovered dead around 10 a.m. last Wednesday.

Probe results

Investigation showed the perpetrators killed Margarita outside the house while she was reportedly preparing meals.

The three men then entered the house and attacked Juanito.

Mina, in a phone interview, said Juanito possibly fought the intruders because he suffered wounds in his hands.

The murder weapon is Juanito’s bolo.

Mina said they are looking into the possibility the culprits robbed the couple because they have a store and lent money to neighbors.

The police official said the couple’s notebook containing the names of their creditors was gone.

Secretary

Meanwhile, a 25-year-old secretary of a lending firm was stabbed to death inside her rented room in Barangay Poblacion II, Tagbilaran City.

Supt. George Vale, the city police chief, told reporters yesterday that an autopsy will determine if the victim was raped.

The body of Joyce Mortejo Jabines was found by her roommate Mariflor Payot last Tuesday afternoon.

Jabines’s hands and feet were tied with rope. Her face was covered with a pillow stained with blood.

When investigators lifted the pillow, they saw the victim’s face wrapped with towel. Her bra, pants and underwear were slightly pulled down by the culprits.

She suffered two stab wounds in the left portion of her chest.

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