Boy 'sacrificed' by alleged cult leader to be laid to rest

by Junrey Nadela, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas

Posted at Mar 28 2014 11:02 PM | Updated as of Mar 29 2014 07:02 AM

NAGA – The remains of a boy who was allegedly killed by a cult leader were taken to his hometown in Barangay Alpaco, Naga City on Friday.

Angelo Repuela's bones were discovered in the home of Casiano Apduhan Jr. in Barangay Buanoy, Balamban town.

His remains were exhumed by National Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday upon the request of Repuela’s family.

According to Repuela's relatives, they were also members of the cult led by Apduhan.

Apduhan's grandfather reportedly founded the cult, and then was passed on to Apduhan's mother, until he inherited the leadership.

Temmie Delima, aunt of Angelo, that they grew up recognizing the Apduhans as their "gods."

She said that was how their parents and grandparents introduced the family of the cult leader to them.

"We grew up knowing that they were 'gods.' We followed everything that they ordered, until we realized they were fooling us," says Delima.

Liza Silva, meanwhile, shared how the Apduhan family was so demanding and how their parents would do everything for them – to the point of sacrificing the well-being of their children just for the cult leader.

In 2012, when Apduhan frequently visited Barangay Alpuco, he was able to recruit Remegia and Terio, the parents of Angelo. Fifty other families also joined the cult, but they all decided to quit when they learned about Angelo's death.

Apduhan, who is called "Tatay Loloy" by his members, claimed that he can heal the sick and bring the dead back to life.

"He's bad. I have never known a person as bad as he is," Silva said.

Angelo’s friends recalled how they thought he was on vacation and was enrolled in another school after they did not see him for a while. They were shocked upon learning of his fate.

Angelo was allegedly killed by Apduhan in 2012 and was buried in the suspect's home in Balamban.

Angelo will be laid to rest Saturday. A murder case against Apduhan will be filed at the Provincial Prosecutor's Office.