Police declare Bragas case closed, solved

( Contributed)
( Contributed)

THE Davao City Police Office (DCPO) revealed that the rape-murder case of Architect Vlanche Marie Bragas, whose body was found in a ditch in Dacudao, Calinan, Davao City on May 17, 2023, is now "closed and solved.”

DCPO Director Police Colonel Alberto Lupaz said the case has been resolved since the ongbak used in the crime has been recovered and the suspects have been charged.

"Case closed ang solved na ni kay napasakaan naman og kaso ang mga suspek ug na-recover napod ang ongbak (It’s already case closed and solved because we have already filed cases against the suspects and we already recovered the ongbak)," Lupaz told Superbalita Davao on Tuesday, July 18.

"Labaw na karon kay nakita na ang ongbak nga gikinahinaman sa publiko nga makita (Especially now that we have already found the ongbak, which has been the interest of the public to be found)," he said.

The police official earlier said the owner of the unit will not be included in the charges for he has no involvement nor knowledge of the crime, aside from renting it to one Jimmy Lobiano.

Lobiano is the rape suspect who was killed by members of the Calinan Police Station on Saturday night, July 15, after allegedly resisting the authorities during the serving of the arrest warrant.

Missing in Calinan

Meanwhile, a 23-year-old from Calinan, Davao City was earlier reported missing, but on May 29, he appeared at the Talomo Police Station after he was said to be rescued. However, reports said that he fainted and died.

The second missing person in Calinan District after the death of Bragas was a 19-year-old man who was allegedly abducted and forced into a gray SUV at Purok 1, Barangay Lacson Calinan, around 3 p.m. on May 27, according to the Facebook post of one Analou Espinosa Chaves. The man is still missing as of this time.

Despite the statement issued by the DCPO that the case is now closed, the pain and loneliness will remain for the Bragas family as they cannot accept what happened to their young architect.

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