Brothers arrested for murder of UST alumna

By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Nov 02 2012 09:55 AM | Updated as of Nov 03 2012 11:18 PM

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Two brothers were arrested Friday for the murder of a University of Santo Tomas alumna earlier this week.

Suspects Rolin Gacita and his younger brother Roel, tagged in the killing of UST Tourism graduate Cyrish Magalang, were arrested before dawn on Friday.

Magalang, a 20-year-old Cum Laude graduate, was found dead in Barangay Gawaran, Bacoor town last Wednesday. She was stabbed 49 times and then hit with a hard object in the head. She was also found hog-tied.

Rolin, in an interview with radio dzMM's Rated Korina, admitted to killing the UST alumna while he was under the influence of drugs.

He said Roel, also a tricycle driver, picked up Magalang. He then told his brother to go to an area where he killed the Thomasian alumna.

"Naano po yung pag-iisip ko, tulirong-tuliro, dahil sa nag-away kami ng asawa ko at naka-inom ako, kaya naka-gawa ako ng 'di maganda," he said.

"Wala ho ako sa sarili ko, tulirong-tuliro ang isipan ko. Dahil nga sa, 'yun nga, 'yung droga. Kaya 'di ko na alam ang nagawa ko," he added.

Rolin said he stabbed Magalang with a screwdriver and then smashed her head with a hollow block.

He also insisted that his brother never had a hand in the crime. He also denied that he raped Magalang.

"Hindi naman ho 'yung kapatid ko 'yung nagplano. Nagulat na lang siya nung sinabi kong ihinto niya 'yung motor... Nagulat siya nung pumasok na lang ako sa tricycle... Pinilit ko lang siya na dalhin 'dun…Ako lang naman po [ang pumatay]. Bale yung kapatid ko, nasa labas lang, nakabantay lang sa motor niya," he said.

Rolin claimed he has no other criminal record, saying he was only a simple tricycle driver who sidelines as a vegetable vendor.

He also appealed to Magalang's family for forgiveness. "Nagsisisi ako sa nagawa ko. Pagdurusahan ko po ang kung ano mang ibibigay sa aking parusa para mapatawad lamang ako ng mga magulang niya," he said. – with reports from Eric Dastas and David Oro, dzMM