Suspect in slay of Laguna Grade 7 student says sorry for murder
MANILA, Philippines — The suspect in the murder of a Grade 7 student in Calamba City, Laguna province has apologized to the victim’s family.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Renan Estrope Valderama said he regretted his actions, adding that he only wanted to scare the victim, not kill him.
“Patawad na lang po yung masasabi ko sa kanila (sa pamilya). Patawad po sa nagawa ko,” Valderama, a 36-year-old security guard said.
“Hindi ko aman akalain na patayin talaga. Hindi ko inisip na patayin siya. Ang intensyon ko sa kanya ay para takutin lang,” he added.
Valderama admitted that jealousy drove him to kill the victim, whom he said he had a relationship with for more than three months.
He also confessed that he had earlier threatened the victim.
Police arrested Valderama on Tuesday in Barangay Bucal, Calamba City at around 4 a.m. (Editor: Mike U. Frialde)
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