MANILA, Philippines – The suspect in the killings of a bank executive, her mother and a househelper in Sta. Cruz, Manila is now facing charges of robbery and three counts of homicide.
The 34-year-old suspect Nestor Delizalde, who was presented to Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim on Tuesday, admitted to the crime but said he had no intention of killing Banco de Oro executive Evelyn Tan, Tan’s mother Teresa and their helper Cristina Bartoloy.
Delizalde said he had merely planned to rob the victims but he was caught in the act by the elder Tan.
The suspect, a barangay tanod from Tondo, slashed the throats of the victims and carried out the robbery after making sure that the victims were dead.
He allegedly took 3 cellphones, a digital camera, 2 headsets and 19,000 yuan.
However, Mayor Lim said only 2 cellphones and 2,500 yuan have been turned over by the suspect, prompting the mayor to order police to recover the other stolen items.
“Mahirap naman kung nakaw na nga, ninakaw pa,” Lim said.
Tan was set to leave for Beijing on a business trip hours before she was killed early Monday.
Police said Delizalde may have entered Tan’s 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.
He was arrested by Manila Police the same day after the suspect was cornered in a dragnet operation. -- With a report from Gretchen Malalad, ABS-CBN News