QUEZON, Palawan — A 22-year-old housewife was found dead in a deep ravine at Sitio Balintang, Barangay Isugod on Tuesday. The victim was reportedly raped and hacked to death by a 43-year-old farmer, according to police authorities.
Quezon Municipal Police Station (MPS) chief P/Maj. Lodell Lota said they have arrested farmer Norberto Vallejo Jr., a resident of the same barangay, who admitted raping and murdering Aida (real name withheld).
Lota said they have filed a case of murder against Vallejo and will also charge him for the rape of Aida whose body was found Wednesday in a narrow ravine in Isugod.
“Na-file na ang kaso, he invoked his right under Article 125 for a preliminary investigation. To follow ang alleged rape,” Lota said.
“Nahuli natin siya dahil itinuro siya ng asawa ng victim. After kasi ng incident, ang suspek ay nakita ng asawa doon malapit sa pinangyarihan. Nakahubad ito at dali-daling umalis. Hindi pa nadidiskubre ‘yong krimen kasi gabi ‘yon mga 11 p.m., naghahanap pa ‘yong asawa at mga taga-barangay. Kinabukasan na nakita ‘yong katawan, doon na nagka-ideya na siya ang suspek dahil siya lang ang nakita sa lugar,” he added.
Based on their investigation, Lota said Vallejo admitted to raping the victim and hacking her when she tried to run to escape. He hacked her twice on the back of her head.
Vallejo perpetrated the rape after seeing Aida walking alone. He dragged her in a secluded spot where he sexually abused her, Lota said.
“Na-timing-an niya na nag-iisa lang ang biktima na naglalakad, hinila niya ang victim sa masukal at mabundok na lugar at doon niya ginawa ang panggagahasa. Allegedly, twice niya nataga, bigla raw kasing tumakbo, natakot siya. Hinabol niya at doon na niya tinaga sa bandang likod ng batok at nilaglag pa sa bangin,” he said.
Lota said the suspect was obsessed with the victim who was his neighbor.
Aida’s husband Lexter Evan del Valle said he knew it was Vallejo who raped and murdered his wife after seeing him running away half-naked from the area when they were looking for her.
He said they found his wife Wednesday morning also half-naked at around 6 a.m.
“Ang nakakita sa asawa ko ay ang aking bayaw na si Abel Arevalo, nakakatandang kapatid ng misis ko. Sinabi niya sa akin na nakita na nila iyong misis ko, pero wala ng buhay. Tapos wala na itong saplot sa pang-ibaba at may taga sa taas ng batok at may gilit sa leeg,” Del Valle said.
Hindi ko po kayang tingnan ang sitwasyon ng misis ko,” he added.
Del Valle said the scene of crime operatives (SOCO) had told him that Aida was not killed by Vallejo where she was found but somewhere else.
“Iyon po ang nakikitang anggulo nang nag-imbestiga at ayon sa SOCO, alas singko pa lang daw ng hapon kahapon patay na ang misis ko,” he said.
Del Valle said Aida was killed on the day she told him she was going to the market to buy the ingredients she would cook for her birthday celebration.
(With reports from Jecan Jumilla Canaway and Jayra Joyce Taboada)