Mayor Abby cites speedy arrest of suspects in killing of high school student; Calls for unified action against gang-related violence
February 12, 2018
Ref.: Makati ICRD, 8998938
Mayor Abby cites speedy arrest of suspects in killing of high school student;
Calls for unified action against gang-related violence
Makati Mayor Abby Binay today announced that the Makati Police have arrested five suspects in the stabbing incident last Friday which led to the death of an 18-year old high school student of San Antonio High School.
Acting on the Mayor’s orders, the Makati Police arrested 16 year-old Kyle Joves y Sumayod of Brgy. San Antonio, Ryugene Yoshioka of Brgy. Poblacion and Jigo Guerzon of Brgy. San Dionisio, Parañaque City, both 16 years old. The other two suspects voluntarily surrendered last Saturday and were identified as Jim Leo Vilanaba y Reganion and Earlberth Solera, both 19 years old and residents of Brgy. San Antonio.
The mayor has strongly condemned the killing of John Ernest Rivera y Canseco, a resident of Brgy. La Paz, who sustained several stab wounds during an alleged gang-related confrontation in front of the said school.
“I strongly condemn this horrific act of violence which has abruptly ended the life of a young man, along with his dreams of a bright future. It is very alarming that some of the alleged suspects are minors,” Mayor Abby said.
She then called for unified action against gang-related violence, urging parents, teachers and school officials, and barangay leaders to work with the city government and the police in protecting young Makatizens.
“We all need to fulfil our respective roles in keeping the youth safe and protected from any form of danger, whether they are at home, in school, or anywhere in the city. Let us not allow all our efforts to provide quality education for our children go to waste, and prevent such a senseless death from happening again in our city,” Mayor Abby said.
She urged residents to promptly report through My Makati Facebook or the Makati Police any suspicious activities of fraternities or gangs in their communities. “Let us all be vigilant against potential threats to residents, especially the youth, and immediately notify the authorities to prevent them from causing harm on anyone,” she said.
The mayor also expressed her condolences to the family of the victim, and initiated the provision of financial assistance for the funeral arrangements. She also vowed to closely monitor the progress of the case until all the culprits have been brought to justice.
Last Friday, Mayor Abby ordered Makati Police Chief Gerardo Umayao to immediately launch an intensive search for the suspects upon learning of the incident.
According to the police report submitted to the Mayor, the incident happened at around 4:20 pm in front of San Antonio High School. An eyewitness said the victim had gone to the school with some friends when he learned that some members of the Youth Scorpion Fraternity (YSF) were waiting outside the school.
When they arrived, one of the YSF members allegedly approached Rivera and punched him. In the ensuing brawl, some YSF members allegedly took out fan knives (balisong) and stabbed the victim repeatedly. He was declared dead on arrival at the Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila at about 5:20pm.
Based on initial autopsy report, the victim sustained multiple stab wounds in various parts of his body, which caused his death.
On the day of the incident, suspect Joves was arrested by the police. The following day, Vilanaba and Solera voluntarily surrendered themselves to the police. Intensive follow-up police operations led to the arrest of Guerzon and Adan last Sunday.
Also recovered during the operations were a fan knife about 10 inches long and a folding knife also around 10 inches long.
As of press time, the case is still under investigation and the police are waiting for the official autopsy results.
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