MANILA – "Nakakapanghinayang" was all that Renato Oniot could say about his son Nick Russel, whose life was cut short on the night of October 14.
The 3rd year architecture student from Adamson University was stabbed multiple times while on his way home to Barangay Central Signal Village in Taguig City.
"Masipag yan at saka maganda grades niya (He was industrious and had good grades)," his father said in an interview with DZMM on Friday morning.
"Ilang taon na lang, tapos na mag architect[ure] ito. Malapit na lang sana." (He would have been an architect in a few years. It was so close.)
Reynaldo Clave and Marvin Bernardo, the two suspects who attacked Oniot, were immediately arrested by police less than 24 hours after the crime. One of the suspects is in jail while the other was killed after allegedly trying to evade arrest.
CCTV footage of the crime showed the two ganging up on Oniot, with one suspect stabbing him multiple times.
Renato believes the suspects were high on drugs when they chanced upon his son and tried to rob him.
"Talagang sabog yun at saka yun gawain nila, nanghoholdap. Gagawa sila ng paraan para may pambayad. Siguro natsambahan nila na anak ko ang dumaan," he said.
(They were high. That's what they do, holdup. They will do anything to get money. Maybe it was just by chance that my son was passing through.)
NO GOOD SAMARITAN
But the family is most disturbed by the lack of concern displayed by bystanders and motorists who witnessed the crime. Renato said he cannot accept the fact that some people only watched while his son was being attacked.
"Pati yung pinarang sasakyan, 'di man lang hinintuan. Walang nagmalasakit," he said.
(Even the vehicle that was being hailed didn't stop. No one cared.)
He likewise aired his disappointment over the barangay, which was only around 100 meters from the crime scene.
In fact, the crime was caught on the CCTV installed by the barangay.
"Kung tutuusin yung pinangyarihan malapit na sa barangay, pero nakagawa pa rin sila," Renato lamented.
(The crime happened near the barangay hall but it still happened.)
"Mabagal yung proseso pagdating sa CCTV. Kasi yung CCTV, kung may naka-monitor lang dun madali lang takbuhin yun e. I-radyo kagad, takbuhin ng motor yun di aabutin ng isang minuto baka maligtas pa anak ko. Maabutan pa yung nag-aagawan sila ng bag," he said.
(The process with the CCTV is too slow. They could have ran to the area if someone was monitoring the footage. They could have radioed it, used a motorcycle. It wouldn't have taken a minute and they could have saved my boy. They could have been there while they were struggling over the bag.)
Renato said he doesn't want to blame anyone for the crime.
"Wala nang sisihan. Nangyari na. Sana wala nang susunod pa na mangyayari (I don't want to blame anyone. It already happened. I hope it doesn't happen again.)"