Suspects in UPLB student murder now in custody

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 14 2011 11:39 AM | Updated as of Oct 15 2011 02:17 AM

Suspects in UPLB student murder now in custody 1
Suspect Lester Ivan Lopez Rivera
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – The two suspects in the murder and alleged rape of a UP Los Baños student last Tuesday are now under police custody.

One of the suspects, tricycle driver Percival De Guzman, was arrested by the Laguna police after being tagged by a witness who saw him and PSBank security guard Lester Ivan Lopez Rivera abducting Given Grace Cebanico along Diamond Street in Umali Subdivision.

Rivera, on the other hand, surrendered to authorities in Floridablanca, Pampanga, Friday morning.

Laguna police Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Gilbert Cruz said Rivera already had gone missing since the day of Cebanico’s murder.

Cebanico, a 19-year-old Computer Science student, was on her way to her dormitory when she was abducted.

Her body was found Tuesday morning in a canal in Barangay Putho-Tuntungin.

She had a bullet wound on her forehead and bruises all over her body. Both her hands were tied and masking tape covered her mouth.

Cebanico also did not have any underwear, leading police to suspect that she was raped before she was killed.

Cruz said De Guzman pointed to Rivera as the one who planned the alleged rape and murder of the victim. It was also found out that Rivera had taken his service firearm home that day.

The police recovered Cebanico’s iPod music player from De Guzman.

Cruz said the police are waiting for the result of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) investigation that will determine if Cebanico was indeed raped before being killed. – Report from Francis Faulve, ABS-CBN News; Ronilo Dagos, dzMM