CANDABA – For allegedly refusing to give in to a request for a cash advance, a couple from Lanang village in that town were assaulted by their pond keeper in their home shortly after midnight last Sunday.
Superintendent Paul Gamido, Police Chief of Candaba, identified the death as Catherine Tobias De los Santos, 29, of San Luis, Pampanga. Jake Joseph “Jackie” de los Santos, 29, of Lanang village was injured.
Gamido said the suspect was identified via a Facebook page as one Rodolfo Dato Yupio, Jr., a permanent worker at the victim’s aquatic farm located next to the De los Santos residence.
He said the victims, two children aged five and two, were spared the attack.
The couple Delos Santos were attacked by the suspect with a kitchen knife while they were sleeping with their children at around 1:45 a.m. of that day.
Jackie suffered multiple stab wounds but mysteriously survived while his wife Catherine suffered fatal stab wounds to the back of her body.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Jackie said he was awakened by his wife screaming for help as he slept in the adjoining room. He immediately went out to check and was surprised to see that the keeper of his fish pen, Yupio, Jr., repeatedly stabbed and killed his wife, Catherine.
Seeing Jackie, Yupio allegedly ran up to him and stabbed him in the left side of the neck. Jackie said she saw the suspect, still holding a blood-soaked kitchen knife, when he rushed out of his room. He said he tried to fight but was stabbed in different parts of his body. Wounded, he managed to get out of the house and asked his parents for help, staying a few meters from his residence.
Not a flight
Police ruled out the angle of the theft as no valuables or cash were missing, as relatives of the victims were told.
The investigation revealed that Yupio requested a cash advance from the De los Santos couple, which the latter disapproved of. On Saturday afternoon April 29, Yupio reportedly told wife De los Santos that he would like to receive his end-of-month salary on Sunday.
Jackie said his wife told him about Yupio’s request, saying the money was more than enough because he (Yupio) just harvested several pounds from his aqua farm.
Jackie has in his pocket a product of 50,000 pesos from the sale of farmed fish.
The suspect was last seen with another worker drinking several bottles of alcohol late on Saturday afternoon. He even helped De los Santos collect farmed fish for sale.
Jackie said it was after 10 p.m. on Saturday when he got home and went straight to the bathroom to freshen up and lay down. He did not notice that his wife left their room to do the domestic choirs and do the laundry.
“Kasi ganun the nakasanayan of misis ko. Don’t hesitate to do it for the greatest pleasure of your life, ”said Jackie.
Yupio escaped and is still at large on Tuesday and is now the subject of manhunt operations.
Jackie, meanwhile, was taken to Candaba Infirmary Hospital for medical treatment and then transferred to Mother Teresa of Calcutta in the city of San Fernando.
The De los Santos and Tobias families both collected a cash reward of P 400,000 for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
The suspect, who allegedly suffered cuts during a fight with De los Santos, according to local police, disappeared without a trace.
“We received reports that an injured man was rushed to Arayat district hospital for treatment, but turned out to be false when checked by police,” he said. declared Gamido.
Gamido said his men had reached areas of Bulacan to check on hospitals, but returned to police headquarters empty-handed.
“Nagbantay ako sa Victory Liner Bus terminal baka sakali dun sumakay ang suspect, pero wala akong nakita hanggang hapon,” Gamido said.
Crying for justice
Yupio is already considered a member of the family, Jackie said. He worked on my farm for over six years.
“We shared what we ate and dined at the same time at a table,” Jackie said.
Jackie said he couldn’t believe what Yupio had done to us despite our kindness. “He had better surrender to see justice done for my family.
“Hustisya lang ang hiling ko for a mahal na asawa na si Catherine,” said Jackie. (With JTD)
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