Teacher doing volunteer work for Jesuit group stabbed to death

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 25 2019 08:10 AM | Updated as of Aug 25 2019 07:21 PM

MANILA -- (UPDATE) A volunteer for a Jesuit group was killed during a robbery at her staff's work base in Pangantucan town in Bukidnon on Friday.

 

The suspect stabbed Genifer "Gen" Buckly and Ann Kathleen Gatdula -- who were volunteer teachers in Pangantucan Community High School -- after they caught him robbing their staff house, said Police Major Jerry Paronia, Acting Chief of Police of Pangantucan.

"Hindi nag-expect ang suspek na babalik ang dalawa kaya nung nakulong siya sa bahay para hindi siguro siya makilala nagawa niya ang krimen," Paronia said.

(The suspect did not expect that the 2 ladies would come home early so he committed the crime to escape.)

The suspect first stabbed Gatdula, but she was able to run out of the house to call for help, he said.

Buckly was left inside and died after sustaining multiple stab wounds on her "left and right chest, left and right abdomen, and right upper portion of her back," according to initial investigations.

Authorities arrested the suspect the following day after his face matched Gatdula's description.

"Noted na itong magnanakaw dito at sa kalapit na bayan natin," Paronia said.

(He is a noted thief here and in neighboring towns.)

Gatdula is recuperating from her injury in a hospital in Cagayan de Oro, while Buckly's remains were brought to Zamboanga del Sur.

The two women started their volunteer work in Bukidnon in April.

In a statement on Saturday, the Jesuit Volunteers Philippines (JVP) mourned Buckly's death.

"Gen, who had already been a teacher prior to volunteering, and Kath, who is a lawyer, chose to dedicate at least a year of their lives to serve others," said JVP president Rowena Cabungcal.

"It pains us to have this happen to them."

Buckly reportedly was a 2015 graduate of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU), who joined JVP to teach this school year.

“Your tragic death pains us deeply, Gen. But your life, your joyful love and service console and inspire us. You gave your life to your family, friends, students, and to many others. Your generous spirit will forever stay in our hearts,” said Fr. Karel San Juan, ADZU president.

Authorities are set to file robbery with murder and robbery with frustrated murder charges against the suspect.

-- with a report from Angelo Andrade, ABS-CBN News