Authorities have arrested today two of the three suspects who allegedly robbed and killed a 24-year-old Ateneo de Manila University graduate student in Marikina City.
According to Senior Superintendent Roger Quesada, the chief of the Marikina City Police, the two suspects were nabbed at Marikina Heights in the village of Tumana at around 1am today, GMA News’ Balitambayan reported. One of the suspects remains at large.
The victim, Francis de Leon, also worked as an employee of the Department of Education. He was on his way home from a coffee shop in the village of Concepcion when he came across the suspected robbers on Friday night, ABS-CBN News stated.
A resident in the area found his lifeless body, which had stab wounds on the chest and neck. ABS-CBN News added that his cellphone was also missing.
Quesada stated that the suspects were arrested when one of their acquaintances disclosed their whereabouts.
According to the informant, the suspects allegedly use illegal drugs and go around on a motorcycle to look for victims.
Quesada also said that the informant can possibly get the PHP500,000 (US$9,474.05) bounty offered by the Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro for information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects.
The DepEd also released a statement earlier today condemning the killing of de Leon, Rappler reported.
It said: “The Department of Education (DepEd) strongly condemns the brutal slay of Francis de Leon, a former staff of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS).”
“DepEd deplores the tragic loss of such a young life and earnestly seeks that the long arm of the law will immediately lead to the arrest of the perpetrator/s,” it added.
The Marikina City Police will have a press conference this afternoon to give more information on the incident, Balitambayan added.
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