Text message leads to arrest of suspects in Bulacan killings
CAMP OLIVAS, PAMPANGA — Former fast food chain worker Jaymee Casabuena, 28, managed to send a text message to a relative before she and her two children were killed on Tuesday night by two men, reportedly under the influence of drugs and liquor, inside their home at the City of San Jose del Monte in Bulacan province.
The text message gave away the identities of the suspects, Wilson Cortes, 23, and Joselito Cortez, 48, Police Col. Chito Bersaluna, Bulacan police director, told reporters here on Thursday.
Bersaluna said Casabuena texted her cousin in Filipino: “Wilson and his companion are here, they are asking for water to drink, they are drunk.” Citing accounts of the victims’ relatives, Bersaluna identified Cortes as the live-in partner of Casabuena’s cousin.
The assailants took Casabuena’s mobile phone and sold it for P200 after stabbing her and her sons, Anton Gabriel, 8, and Joaquin, 4, several times, Bersaluna said.
“The suspects admitted that they were under the influence of ‘shabu’ (crystal meth) and that they had a drinking spree. They wanted to drink some more so they thought of stealing,” he said.
The victims’ bodies were found by relatives at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday after Casabuena failed to reply to text messages.
The suspects, both garbage collectors, were arrested on Thursday and presented to Police Gen. Oscar Albayalde, Philippine National Police chief.
Police recovered a knife and an electric cord that were reportedly used in the killing.
Albayalde commended his men for the immediate arrest of the suspects and said the case was already closed. —CARMELA REYES-ESTROPE
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