[UPDATED 8:45 p.m.] A stabbing and shooting incident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. on Monday, March 28, in Purok Trece, Barangay Inagawan Sub, Puerto Princesa City, injuring one person and killing another.
Johnny Candong Lacosta, 54, and a certain Ryry Marquez, who is also a stabbing suspect, were identified as the victims, while Lacosta’s younger brother, Jimmmy Candong Lacosta, was identified as the shooter.
P/Lt. Alan delos Santos, leader of the 2nd Platoon of the City Mobile Force Company (CMFC), contacted from Inagawan Sub informing of a stabbing incident, according to a report from the Puerto Princesa City Police Office (PPCPO). After that, an investigation team led by P/Lt. Bryan Rayoso was dispatched to investigate the incident.
When police arrived, the live-in partner of Johnny, Marisa Lisian Duka, told them that he and Ryry were having a drinking session at the home of a man named Norman Abrina earlier that day, at 5 p.m.
They moved to their house after a while, Marisa recalled, and while in the kitchen, Johnny offered Ryry food and spare clothes.
Marisa alleged she then heard someone calling for help from the kitchen area, and when she went out to see who it was and what was going on, she discovered her live-in partner Johnny bleeding from a knife wound, while Ryry yelled “Bahala na kayo dyan!”
Ryry had fled the area and had not been seen until his body was found in Purok Trece at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The police report said, upon follow-up investigation, they apprehended Jimmy, alias Balat, at his brother Johnny’s house.
As of this writing, a request for crime scene processing has been sent to the City Forensic Unit. Its result has yet to be disclosed.
Meanwhile, a Palawan News source who did not want to be identified said Ryry and Johnny allegedly had a heated argument over “buho,” as the former was a gatherer.
“Nagdiskusyon sila about sa buho, ang victim kasi nagko-korte ng buho pang benta. Yon nga, hanggang sa tinaga niya na si Johny, tapos umalis,” the source said.
“Nalaman na ng kapatid — pagka-umaga hinunting niya na itong si Marquez. Wala din bahay kasi itong ex-convict, so kung saan saan nakikitulog. Nalaman niya na doon ito nakitulog sa bahay ni Kgd. Abrina, so doon binaril niya gamit ang improvised shotgun,” added the source.