Missing girl found dead in Los Baños

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CAMP PACIANO RIZAL, Laguna-An 11-year-old girl was found dead in the university town of Los Bańos in Laguna, more than two weeks after her family put out her missing posters around the town.

The decomposing body of a young girl was found by policemen in an undeveloped portion of Villa Carangal Subdivision in Barangay (village) Putho Tuntungin past 5 p.m. on Thursday and was identified hours later as that of Marry Grace Esguerra, a Grade 3 public school pupil, according to her sister Monica.

In a phone interview early Friday, Monica, 21, said she last saw Mary Grace around 11 p.m. on March 1 when she sent her off to ride home a jeepney.

Monica said Mary Grace, the sixth in the brood of 12, sold peanuts at nighttime while she worked as a cashier in a bar at the LB (Los Bańos) Square, a popular hang-out place just outside the University of the Philippines Los Bańos (UPLB). Their father earned by selling halo-halo near the campus, while their mother stayed at home.

She said Mary Grace was used to going home alone by taking a jeep and a rickshaw to reach their house at the Gawad Kalinga housing project site in Barangay Putho Tuntungin.

Monica said a pedicab (cycle rickshaw) driver came forward to the police on Thursday and reported that he found a child’s body. At the police station, the driver gave a statement that he also dropped off Mary Grace near their house on March 1 but said he saw her hop on a motorcycle with a man, instead of going home.

Monica, however, found the driver’s story incredible. “The one who’s claiming he brought my sister home was the same person who discovered her body,” she said.

She said the driver was held by the police for questioning. The driver’s name, however, was not immediately available.

Mary Grace’s death quickly reminded the university community of the past killings.

“(Mary Grace’s death happened almost at) the same time of the year…Despite the “heightened” “security,” why does it feel like nothing has changed?” wrote student and filmmaker Matt Baguinon on Facebook.

Baguinon late last year made a short film about Rochel Geronda, a high schoo student who was raped and killed in February 2012, just days before UPLB student Ray Bernard Peñaranda was killed by robbers. A few months earlier, UPLB student Given Grace Cebanico was raped and killed in October 2011.

Women’s group Gabriela Youth-UPLB, which circulated public announcements on Facebook upon learning about the missing child, also condemned the new case of killing.

“It seemed the tighter security (provided by the local authorities) vanished just as the issues died down,” said its externals committee head, Trixia Leigh Pacris, by phone.

There was also a supposed 10 p.m. curfew for minors in Los Bańos.

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  • Hey_Dudes

    Daily crime of this nature is becoming alarming.  What will the authorities do about it?  True, police officers cannot be everywhere but isn’t places like these that they should be visible?  Nakakatakot na dyan sa atin ano ba yan?

  • diamond_digger

    It may not sound ridiculous and unacceptable for others the idea of wishing and  praying that the next victim of rape and murder in Los Banos be the mayor’s and Chief of Police’s daughters. But as things are turning out right now, the above-mentioned officials in the town seem to be dragging their feet and or unaffected and even unconcerned to these crimes and the only thing that could wake them up and or ruse them to action is when they become the victims themselves.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

    mga polis dyan los banos mga ugok ,walang silbi sa bayan,sa dami ng rape case na nangyari dyan,attention gobernor/mayor/congressman.daming pera sa kaban ng bayan walang ginagawa

    • tilamsik

      anong walang ginagawa?    nagkakapera naman sila a hahahaha…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

        yun nga ginagawa nila ang kaban ng bayn bro, hahahahahaha

  • blindfold2

    It believe there is a probem with the local authorities and the PNP in Los Banos. Crimes are done in the place and the victims are usually the young girls and students. They should be relieve from their post because they cant prevent such crimes happening in their jurisdiction.. nakakagalit at nakakalungkot

  • Fulpol

    now their “toilet” is stinking…

    UP Los Banos should initiate a network security plan… simply use cellphones, Facebook and Twitter… connected to all students, not only in UP Los Banos but also to other schools in Los Banos..

    connected to security forces.. police, guards, barangay tanods..

    server, database… just that.. quick monitoring, quick response..

    • WeAry_Bat

      The plan has some merit if these are a network of CCTVs which is
      accessible by the public over the internet since there are not so much
      police. 

      I imagine at this time there are lots of wannabe vigilantes in Los Banos after years of killings of the young people.

  • Fulpol

    UP Los Banos should not let those incompetent politicians of Los Banos destroy their image..

    what I know is that UP Los Banos is premier university in the Philippines… perhaps better than UP Diliman…

    UP Los Banos should initiate a network security plan… just simple architecture.. just simple algorithm..

    • john_constantine

      This isn’t a University concern.  This is an LGU / PNP concern.  Plus, your “plan” involves having everyone have cellphones.   You seem to have not considered that poor people may not be capable of buying one for their children.  Secondly, “simple algorithm” and “simple architecture” isn’t simple at all — there’s also peopleware to consider, the one’s who will run your plan.  You should also be aware of their very low police to civilian ratio.  One thing you are right about — their mayor is incompetent.

      • WeAry_Bat

         His plan has some merit if these are a network of CCTVs which is accessible by the public over the internet since there are not so much police. 

        I imagine at this time there are lots of wannabe vigilantes in Los Banos after years of killings of the young people.

      • john_constantine

        You make it sound so easy. That is doable, sure. But I have to question the practicality. CCTVs on the town – who will maintain? how much initial outlay, how much to maintain for a long period. Go to San Antonio village in Pasig, they are a small community and rich sure they can do it. LB is a big enough town with low police to civilian ratio, i can’t tell how rich they are to maintain such a service. I think it’s more practical to get more policemen doing rounds.

      • WeAry_Bat

        The concept is more eyes on the ground – either increase security patrols or the cameras. Outdoor CCTV cameras are meant to last long.

        We may be pushing either extreme side when they can both be implemented. The university and inner city of LB be wired and CCTVed, freeing the police to go around the boundaries.

        Who maintains? Maybe students in their spare time if there is such a thing community hours credit acceptable by the university. People in CCTs, if it is only cleaning. If it does create a stable job, it is actually a good thing.

        Budget? For the PDI website were over the past two years I spent roaming around a digital spirit, I have read a number of crimes in LB. It is becoming urban. Last I went there to rent a house of hot water swimming pool, it was bursting with economic signs of development.

        So let’s ask ourselves, where are new inputs of taxes from LB are going into? Because these things just point to the local government.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W2TUI5PEYXBUT4WF2NTTNUYQP4 edmund

    another tragic example of ningas-cogon policy of our law enforcers,,,tse tse tse kailan ba talaga tayo matututo???

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    Perhaps the trike driver went out of his way to find a missing friend.

    Labindalawa lang po silang magkakapatid. There should be a required annual income for couples to have a child. It should be illegal to have more children if ones income cannot is not sufficient. It is immoral to have kids if you cannot afford to raise them well.

    • john_constantine

      Kelangan samahan ng family planning ang isang rape slay issue?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

        Ano ba ang puno’t dulo? Why does an 11yo have to sell peanuts until midnight? Girls her age should be at home sleeping. And the same girl still in grade 3.

      • john_constantine

        So a child gets raped and killed, blame the parents for having her born to a family with many children.  Ganon ba?

      • Craulokau

        Yes, born to parents who cannot afford and has not enough means to support a big family. The parent of this poor girl should be in jail too.

      • john_constantine

        O siya, kayo na ang prosecutor. Isama niya niyo yung buong pamilya dun sa maniac na pumatay sa bata. While you’re at it, isama niyo na rin yung pamilya nung gagong gumawa for raising a child who grew up to be a murderer. Or are they innocent if the murderer happens to be an only child?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

        so kung solo na anak yung pinatay, tsaka pa lang kasalanan ng drug addict na maniac?

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        Parents are accountable.

    • magsasakasanayon

      idiot. there’s no justification for murder. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DR2PAT3AO2DOH4IDYIGZQDM7CY thg

        None indeed. But it could have been avoided. A young girl working until 12pm is certainly exposed to a lot of risks.

        Nevertheless, rapists should really be put to death.

    • Nick_Fury

      Tama po ang statement ni Eric. Nagtratrabaho ang bata ng 12 pm? Hindi ba dapat nasa bahay na sila malayo sa peligro e ang daming demonio nasa sanlibutan. Grade 3 student dapat hindi nagtratrabaho bagkus inaalagaan. Mag isip naman kasi ang mga magulang ngayon. Hindi na praktical mag isang dosena ang mga anak lalo na kung hindi kaya buhayin.

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        Sex is the only entertainment for the parents. They should have TV.

      • $8278216

        SABIHIN MO RIN ITO SA MGA DAMASO. GANITO ANG NAIS NILA, HUMAYO KAYO AT MAGPAKARAMI, ITO ANG SINASABI NILA PALAGI, PERO BAHALA NA KAYO SA BUHAY NINYO.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      RH bill? No?

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    puro kasi reactive ang mga otoridad natin..remember, being reactive is part of the problem..on second thought, naging pro-active pala si marantan..masama din pala

  • ben311

    dami kasi shabu addict sa bayan na yan!!! politcians at pulis involved.

  • i_am_filipino

    First lesson to parents, never change the filipino tradition of disciplining your kid. The kid for that age must be home before 6 pm. and for the UP LOS BANOS, some of you may consider intelligent but not all. You should train your student to get involve by reporting any abnormal activities in your area. establish hotline, say that kid was walking in the Uni town of Los Banos at night where she supposedly at home and yet no one reported to the responsible organization. Ask your alumni to contribute at least a cctv cameras, increasing its number if already present, disallow any under age kid selling peanuts or any kind inside the university town, random drug test inside the university town every month. Disallow pedicab to roam around the campus or even tricycle instead, ask your alumni to donate inner transportation.

    • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

       unang dapat disiplinahin ay ang parents.  6th in a brood of 12? yan ang disiplina ng magdidisiplina!

      • john_constantine

        They are grieving right now. Why don’t you two go to LB and tell them that?

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        padre, they are a disaster waiting to happen. and then it happened…

      • john_constantine

        Which one, the family of 12 children trying to live an honest life Or the family with the the member who turned out to be a rapist/murderer?

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        kung iresearch yung family ng suspect, i will bet that most likely, he also came from a big and extended family living in a single shack…

  • gising_laguna

    peace and order, dapat talaga tutukan ng laguna locals yan at syempre number one ang droga, talamak talaga jan sa laguna, magising sana mga politiko jan.

  • Maligalig

    Napakasakit isipin na maraming inosente ang namamatay dahil sa droga. Dumarami lalo ang addict at pushers araw araw. Panahon na para ibalik ang  DEATH PENALTY. Kung hindi ito kaya ng Gobyerno, hindi kaya dapat tayong nagkakaisang mamayan ang kumilos.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    malamang kasalanan ni GMA nanaman yan

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

      Sya daw yung pedicab driver! hehe

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2BMNBU76W4CT7SHEEK2UHFAL7E Lee

    Perez needs to be mayor of LB again. The current mayor is useless. Mapera pero walang clue about peace and order. With Perez, siguradong tahimik na ulit ang LB.

    • resortman

      And yet, it was Perez who placed that man there…fyi…kaibigan ng mga Genuino si Perez kaya nanalo yan kahit di naman taga LB…LB is going down the drian due to incompetent leaders..kuno..!!

  • gising_laguna

    peace and order ang kaylangan…eh nasaan ba, kokonte na lang ang matitinong pulis jan,dameng adik jan at droga….makunsensya naman kayo mga hangal!

  • tilamsik

    11 year old girl working as a cashier in a bar just outside the university campus??????  “its more fun in the Philippines”….

    • http://www.facebook.com/donito.merc Donito Merc

      magulo lang ang writing style ng reporter.The older sister (Monica) is the cashier.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/XIDO4V2FQAQ6UPUCBXYOODPLAA drunken_master

      read again.. it’s the 21-year old sister who works as the cashier in a bar..

      anyway, I can’t blame you for the writer’s poor sentence construction.. LOL

      • ang_dagat

        Yes indeed. I had to read it twice because of it’s bad grammer as well. Instead of ‘while she worked’ maybe ‘whilst she herself worked”? or something like that. Maybe a whole new sentence :)
        In any case the 10pm curfew for minors was being ignored. It is there for a reason, so the parents and sister have to bear some responsibility for the shocking event. Pleading poverty is no excuse.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000923389289 David Bobir

        so what you are suggesting is that if an 11 year old is out at night then we can expect that they will be raped and murdered in the philippines….filipino…always find a way to throw the blame everywhere but where it belongs

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000923389289 David Bobir

        ..what a shame she didn’t go to the police before this happened…oh wait…that;s right…they would have raped her too…

      • ang_dagat

        I did suggest that, I am merely points to the fact that the child’s risk was increased because of the time of the night. So the parents, in allowing this have to bear some responsibility. There is always a risk factor in everything ones does throughout each day how ever slight, so we go about our everyday life reducing that risk and our childrens risk.

        This in no way takes away from the fact that the murderee himself is the cause of this and is 100% to blame.

    • JosephNess

      read again please…the little girl sell peanuts and you’re right, the little girl has no business selling peanuts at that late night, though, her family can’t afford the best to give her, so she’s working to have both ends meet…it’s not wrong to sell peanuts, only, selling must be done at right time and place…bar joints are not the right place for a minor to be hanging around, especially at night…indeed it’s a sad Philippines not a fun one…let’s not not make fun of this serious malady we have, please….

  • MNLFoodcritic

    This is very sad. Sometimes I just wish for a Duterte-style justice throughout the country.

    • JIMBOYPALABOY

       kung sa manila mahuhuli ang kriminal na yan. sigurado bukas ang headline , rapist nang agaw ng baril.

      mga human rights lawyer ano ang masasabi ninyo.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      I don’t like that wish. How about jobs. Nobody fr*&%king political candidates said something about jobs. Duterte-style is a stone-age justice system.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XIDO4V2FQAQ6UPUCBXYOODPLAA drunken_master

    Drugs ang root cause ng lahat ng krimen sa LB. Ilang dekada na yan… wala yatang magawa ang pamahalaan ng LB sa laganap na kalakal ng mga ilegal na droga sa lugar nila… o sadyang walang ginagawa??? hmmnnn, bakit kaya..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Ang mga kabataan hatinggabi na nasa labas pa. Itulad sa Martial law. Noong martial law matindi ang curfew hour. Ngayon kahit may curfew makikita mo di nasusunod. Yung mga magulang pinababayaan yung mga bata na nagiisang maglakad kahit gabi. Ke araw ke gabi dapat wag pabayaang nagiisa ang mga bata. Laganap ang krimen sa buong Pilipinas mas matindi sa mga urban areas. Mula Presidente hanggang barangay tanod parang kulang sa gawa sa pagprotekta sa mamamayan. Sa ibang bansa pag may kapabayaan sa part ng magulang sila din ay kinakasuhan ng kapabayaan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donito.merc Donito Merc

    Mas lalong may security concern yata kung publicly accessible ang CCTV network na iniisip nyo. Matitiktikan na ang routine mo ng mga masasamang loob if they plan to do something. Ok ang cctv network kung sa pulis ito naka-sentro at may network of policemen na nasa strategic areas… kung di nga ningas-cogon ang mayor at ang mga pulis sa pagbabantay sa  mga maliliit na outpost nila, di sana ito nangyari. Pero feeling ko, ang mga outpost na yun, sa may nadadaanan lang ng maraming tao like Lopez Avenue lang. Pero pagpunta namin dati sa Putho Tungtungin nung maglalaro kami sa covered court doon, wala kami nadaanan na mga police outpost. So i guess selective talaga (or papogi) ang security plan ni Genuino. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Nakita ko sa tv yung isang bata na nagiisa lang tapos may kumuha na na lalake. Baka mga rapist yang mga kumukuhang yan. Kawawa yung mga bata. Kaya sabihan yung mga magulang na wag bayaang nagiisa mga bata. Kung yun ngang mga teenager di makalaban sa rapist yun pa kayang mga bata.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MZOKC6X7Q52Z4E5VLYNB7GF72Y Kaloy

    Laguna has been known as the nest for most gruesome massacres, rapes, murders, ambush, gambling kidnaapings (remember japanese Wakaogi Kidnaaping in Canlubang Golf Club?) and bus robberies.

    Remember Mayor Sanches of Bai? Vic Siman of Calamba and other famous criminals came from Laguna too.. Incidentally the Ejercitos/Estradas came from  Pagsanjan Laguna too.

    Time for the Laguenos to make a big  change this coming election in May.

  • jseesus

    dapat kapunin muna yung tatay nang biktima baka lalo pang dumami ang lahi nyan.

  • i_am_filipino

    More CCTV less crime, already proven all over the world and if you think it is not safe, perhaps you belong to some gangsters who are afraid to be caught.

  • john_constantine

    First off:  Blaming the parents isn’t helping right now.  They lost a child and are grieving and you guys blame them for having 12 children..yadda yadda.

    Second:  CCTV — LB is still provincial town, we’re talking about forests, dirt paths, grass lands. A whole wide area of it.   Try putting the whole town in CCTV monitored by the LGU/Police.  That’s a lot to cover.  There are places in the town with CCTVs, especially some of the dorms for students.  So take a guess as to how far CCTVs could have prevented the crime.

    • WeAry_Bat

      Reposting my reply below…

      The concept is more eyes on the ground – either increase security patrols
      or the cameras. Outdoor CCTV cameras are meant to last long.

      We may be pushing either extreme side when they can both be
      implemented. The university and inner city of LB be wired and CCTVed,
      freeing the police to go around the boundaries.

      Who maintains? Maybe students in their spare time if there is such a
      thing community hours credit acceptable by the university. People in
      CCTs, if it is only cleaning. If it does create a stable job, it is
      actually a good thing.

      Budget? For the PDI website were over the past two years I spent
      roaming around a digital spirit, I have read a number of crimes in LB.
      It is becoming urban. Last I went there to rent a house of hot water
      swimming pool, it was bursting with economic signs of development.

      So let’s ask ourselves, where are new inputs of taxes from LB are
      going into? Because these things just point to the local government.

  • john_constantine

    bakit sa mga magulang sinisisi ito?  bakit walang nangcocondemn sa maniac na gumawa nito?  Kahit nag iisa lang siyang anak kung may maniac na nakatiempo ganon pa rin mangyayari.

  • resortman

    Los Banos community has been numb and dumb for a while already..clearly all this problems are a result of failure of the local government, police, church and the civil society as a whole. Kailangan pa bang madaming inosenteng mamatay?? Kelan ba tayo kikilos mga taga LB? Walang silbi ang mga hakbang ni Genuino, puro papogi lang.. nasaan na ang matatalino ng LB?? Gising!!

  • ultimateobserver

    Seems the officers and officials in this town need to get their act together or get replaced altogether. So indifferent after all these killings. And the town folk aren’t seemingly bothered enough to initiate security measures at all..

  • go88

    ‘Monica said Mary Grace, the sixth in the brood of 12, sold peanuts at
    nighttime while she worked as a cashier in a bar at the LB (Los Bańos)
    Square, a popular hang-out place just outside the University of the
    Philippines Los Bańos (UPLB). Their father earned by selling halo-halo near the campus, while their mother stayed at home.’

    ‘Monica, 21, said she last saw Mary Grace around 11 p.m. on March 1 when she sent her off to ride home a jeepney.’

    Irresponsible familly, fathering 12 children while obviously not having the means to raise them properly …. letting an 11 year old child ride home alone at 11 pm.

    About the killer if they find him please take your time before finishing him …

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    The mother should be selling peanuts at night while the father ply his ice cream during day time.

  • wawa2172

    “It seemed the tighter security (provided by the local authorities) vanished just as the issues died down,” said its externals committee head, Trixia Leigh Pacris, by phone.

    Well, ningas kugon is part of our country’s tradition. Authorities only acts when an incident or crime occurs and it cools down after several days of invistigations at mag kakalimutan na. Ang dami nang karumaldumal na nangyari sa UP Los Banos at hangang ngayon wala pa ring ipinagbago. Who can forget the the rape-slaying of Eileen Sarmenta and boyfriend Allan Gomez who were both students of the UPLB? The crime was solved but it did not deter other to commit crimes within the campus dahil sa nag pabaya na naman ang mga alagad nang batas. I also agree with others that the parents of Mary Grace are to be blame too on the incident dahil hating gabi na ay natittinda pa nang mani ang kawawang bata and she goes home alone. Hindi na ito responsible parenthood, 12 lang naman kaya ang anak nang parents ni Mary Grace. Rest in peace Mary Grace but multuhin mo muna ang gumawa nang krimen, gawin mong palagi para kumanta ang salarin.

  • catmanjohn

    Internet cafes are breeding grounds for criminal and deviant perversions. All you need is one creep to contaminate the minds of the rest. I have witnessed it firsthand how young male teenagers in the PH sit and waste time on violent video games and then watch the most disturbing p0rn. No wonder there has been a rash of these horrible crimes against women and children. Another hypocrisy of the Catholic Church, speaking out against the use of condoms and contraceptives, but are in denial that young male teenagers are exposed to such evil and say little to fight against it.

  • manuel yaptangco

    Marahil ang dapat po natin itanong ay nasaaan ang magigiting na taga DSWD na dapat nagmamatyag sa mga batang paslit na mistulang pinababayaan at inaabuso ng mga sarili nilang mga magulang. Naglipana po sila sa paligid kung bubuksan niyo lang mga mata ninyo. Hoy gising Sec. Dinky Soliman!

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