MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – A bank executive, her mother and house helper were found dead inside their house in Sta. Cruz, Manila on Monday morning.
Forty-year-old Evelyn Tan, assistant vice president of Banco de Oro in Makati, and her mother Teresa, 60, were found dead inside their house along Yakal Street in Barangay 355.
Their house helper, 22-year-old Kristina Bartolay, was also killed.
Personnel from the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) said the victims were stabbed to death.
Result of an initial police investigation tagged barangay watchman (tanod) Nestor Delizalde Jr. as the primary suspect. This was concluded after Delizalde's shirt and shoes were found at the back portion of the house.
Police said Delizalde may have entered the house through the back where a creek is located.
They said after the crime, a bloodied Delizalde was seen boarding a tricycle in front of the house.
The suspect has been arrested and is now under the custody of the Manila Police District.
His father told police that he saw his son taking a bath around at 5 a.m.
He turned over the suspect's muddy shoes and wet clothes to investigators.
He said he won't protect his son if he is indeed behind the massacre.
Police said Evelyn's bag was missing, leading them to believe that robbery was the primary motive for the killing.
Evelyn was supposed to leave for Beijing today for a business trip.
Francis Lalin, who arrived at the victims' house to bring Evelyn to the airport, was the one who reported the incident to authorities. – reports from Noel Alamar, dzMM; Francis Faulve, ABS-CBN News