'Aswang' killed by neighbor in Bacolod City

By Meneil Lopez, ABS-CBN News Negros

Posted at Sep 04 2014 05:38 PM | Updated as of Sep 05 2014 01:38 AM

BACOLOD CITY -- A man believed to be an "aswang" by his neighbor was found dead outside his house in Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City last Tuesday night.

The victim, Leodegario Gulmatico, 74, suffered several head injuries.

He also sustained bruises and wounds on different parts of his body.

The suspect, Christopher Trocio, 31, immediately surrendered to the police after the incident.

He admitted he was drunk during the incident.

Trocio argued he decided to kill Gulmatico, who he believes is an "aswang" (supernatural creature), to spare people from being eaten and killed by Gulmatico.

He said he had some eerie experiences when he faced the victim.

Gulmatico's family denied the allegations, saying they do not kill or eat people.

Trocio was charged with murder on Wednesday afternoon.