Gay man helps police find boyfriend’s killer



A gay man’s determination to find the killer of his boyfriend paid off after the suspect was arrested by Pasig policemen on Sunday, four days after the victim was found dead.

John Patrix Lebuna, 21, was picked up by authorities inside a fast-food restaurant on Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City for his alleged involvement in the killing of Leo Catanghal, 32, a timekeeper at a construction site on Jefferson Street, Barangay (village) Maybunga, Pasig City.

Catanghal’s body was found at the site by a painter on Dec. 5, said Senior Supt. Mario Rariza, city police chief.

An electrical wire was wrapped around his neck while his mouth had been taped shut with masking tape.

Nelson Peralta, the victim’s boyfriend, had told investigators that Catanghal’s cell phone with its SIM card, his wallet, a pouch and a tablet computer were missing.

Police said a witness had reported that he saw the victim talking to an unidentified man the night before.

According to Senior Insp. Rodrigo de Dios, investigation chief, the arrest was made possible with the help of Peralta  who managed to get the cell phone contact number of the last person who texted his boyfriend.

This was after Peralta asked for help on Dec. 7 from a telecom network whose personnel gave him the number out of pity.

Peralta first tried calling the number but there was only ringing at the other end, De Dios said.

“Then on Dec. 8, the person using the number, Lebuna, answered the call,” he added.

Rariza said Peralta, who pretended to be a girl, befriended Lebuna who later confided that he wanted to sell a tablet computer, De Dios said.

This prompted Peralta to arrange a meeting with his new “text mate” at a fast-food restaurant in Quezon City. He later went to the police to ask for their help.

Upon Lebuna’s arrest, De Dios said authorities found in his possession a tablet computer that Peralta positively identified as Catanghal’s as well as his boyfriend’s missing pouch.

The police official added that they found in the tablet pictures of Peralta and Catanghal.

Lebuna was also positively identified by the witness as the person he had seen talking to the victim shortly before the latter was found dead.

“(Lebuna) has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing but the evidence is strong against him,” De Dios said.

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  • jeffrey_01

    It only shows PNP personnel has no brain.     

  • Ben

    …sad, but justice was done again by the civilian themselves. Our PNP is uselessly beaucratically entangled and red taped laden, unable to upgrade their police detective skills…

  • jeffDC

    he beg for the number and the telecom company gave it to him out of pity?? it should be the job of the police investigator. if its for a crime investigation, you really dont need to beg, it should be a standard procedure. what kind of police work is this?

  • angtangamo

     Wala bang
    batas na nilabag ang telecom company by divulging the other persons number to
    the victims boyfriend? Kahit na naka solve ng crime but meron naman mga
    procedures that should be followed.

    • Allan

      siguro meron pero dahil private person ang humingi, lusot na rin. may problema kung mga pulis ang humingi ng numero without a warrant. as far as i know, kung hindi ka pulis o nbi, pwede kang kumuha ng ebidensya kahit na nakawin mo pa. may kaso kang theft pero the evidence you stole will be admissible in court. i welcome comments from the legal people on this because what i jsut mentioned i only see on tv.

      • angtangamo

        Meron kasing mga privacy laws that prevent companies from disclosing your personal information to others. Halimbawa sa US, if na obtain mo ang ebidensya thru illegal means hindi mo pwedeng gamitin ang ebidensyang ito sa korte. “fruit from a poisonous tree” ika nga nila.

  • Ernesto

    kawatan na naman ang nag alibi.basta kawatan puro alibi

  • Cano Manuel

    ..and the police had been waiting for someone else to do their job?!! 

    I would rather have my taxes paid to the “gay man” who helped close the case, in a form of salary, than having it given to those lazy and incompetent police officers. 

    And what’s up with this article? Did they really have to emphasize his being a gay person?

    • Homer Guo

       super agree ako sa 2 sinabi mo…lalo na sa huli. bigot din ang writer ng article na to.

  • Homer Guo

    wow, a civilian beat the foolish(pulis) in finding the killer!!!!! magresign na ang mga pulis patola na to, si nelson dapat nasa intelligence ng police force. mas nag-iisip at maparaan sya kesa mga hinayupak na pulis na walang silbi.

  • Mux

    The PNP should watch episodes of “Law and Order’, “CSI”, “Criminal Minds”, “Hawaii 5-0″ and other cop shows to learn how to do their job. 

    • Cano Manuel

      And the author of this article should learn how to write.

      • Mux

         Why? What is wrong with the way this article is written?

      • Cano Manuel

        How is a “gay man” different from a “straight man”? What’s the relevance of his sexual orientation to the story, and why does it have to be emphasized in the title of the article?

        The story is about a man finding the culprit behind the murder of his partner, and I just don’t see think that the emphasis on his sexual orientation is quite inappropriate. It’s as if the “gay person” is not as good  a “straight person”. 

      • Mux

         Oh, you were replying to me so I thought it had something to do with the TV shows I mentioned.

      • Cano Manuel

        You said that cops could take a lesson from tv shows, and I replied that the author should also learn to write. You asked me what was wrong with the article, and I answered back. 

      • Mux

        Ok, understood.

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