Baguio City mayor offers P100k reward for leads of student's killer

Micaella Ilao. ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 17 2016 07:16 PM

BAGUIO - Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan is offering a P100,000 reward to anyone who can give leads on the whereabouts of a suspect who robbed and killed a grade 10 student named Kenneth Velasco.

Velasco was stabbed almost 40 times in his nape, chest, neck and head last Tuesday.

The suspect took Velasco's phone and his P200 allowance. He was on his way to school when he was stabbed.

Scene of the Crime Operatives in Baguio said Velasco struggled before he died since he had stab wounds on his hands, indicating he tried to fight and resist the killer.

"There were multiple stab wounds, so these are possible indications ng struggle or scuffle, ibig sabihin nanlaban iyong victim dahil ayaw niyang ibigay siguro yung gamit niya (it means that the victim tried to fight back, maybe because he did not want to surrender his things)," Police Superintendent Rodrigo Leal said.

Leal added that while only one type of instrument was used to kill the student, there could be more than one suspect in the case.

Baguio City Police Senior Superintendent Ramil Saculles said that according to Velasco's friends, a man approached them while they were talking.

The man rested his arms on Velasco's neck, and asked him how he was, they said.

"[They] claim they saw a male person, na ang suspetsya naman ng kasama ni Kenneth is uncle niya. Ang question ngayon, paano sila nagkahiwalay? Kung may nangyari ba before niya iniwan?” Saculles said.

(Velasco's friends suspected that the man was his uncle. The question now is how were they separated? Did something happen before he was left alone?)

Police however said they already have a lead on the suspect.