Man’s body found lying in Sibonga creek; suspect admits crime

Man’s body found lying in Sibonga creek; suspect admits crime
Photo from Dennis Maravillas BDRRMO officer

A BODY was found lying in a creek in Barangay Lamacan, Sibonga town, southern Cebu, around 6 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2024.

The victim was identified by Dennis Maravillas, a member of the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Manaagement Office, as Reno Superales Lacataria, 60, a resident of Barangay Lamacan.

According to Maravillas, the victim was last seen drinking with his brother Clemente and their neighbor Rolando Gemongala the evening before he was discovered dead.

Gemongala was taken into custody by the Sibonga police headed by station commander Captain Fort Antony Valdez after it was discovered during ocular inspection that there were bloodstains in his front door, the ornamental plant, the bamboo sala set and the water dispenser in the kitchen.

When questioned by authorities, he confessed to the crime and stated that during the height of their drinking binge, old resentments regarding the carpenter tools that the victim had not given back to him were brought up, sparking a fistfight between them.

He said the victim fled in the direction of the river after he overpowered him but he was unsure of what happened next because the area was dark.

He thought the victim might have slipped and fell into the creek, where he died. (DVG, TPT)


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