On or about 2:30 A. M. of May 9, 2008 an incident of rape with homicide transpired at Brgy. Balaquid, Cabucgayan, Biliran wherein the victim was one Mrs. Ruth Lanante Y. Legaspino, 30 years old, a native of Cebu and maried to Mr. Arturo Lanante of Brgy. Balaquid, Cabucgayan, Biliran. Victim and her two minor children were only the occupants of their house when the incident happened because the husband is presently working abroad for more than three months before he left his family.
Initial investigation conducted disclosed that there were two (2) suspects responsible of the said incident. One was immediately identified by Mr. Emillo Lenante a close neighbor of the victim who responded when he (Emilio) heard the loud voice of the victim shouting for help as Roberto Illar alias “Berto” a native of Brgy. Pinamopoan, Capoocan, Leyte, single who temporarily stayed at his step-father’s house at Brgy. Balaquid, Cabucgayan, Biliran.
According to the witness, Mr. Emilio Lenante, he was only five meters away more or less when he saw the suspect Roberto hurriedly jumped outside from the house of the victim passing the window. Infact, he even chased the suspect but the suspect run too fast.
Victim sustained stabbed wounds on the different parts of her body and she was rushed to Naval Procincial Hospital for treatment but expired few minutes later.
Responding Policeman, PO3 Noel D. Mesa, PO2 Sebastian S. Dagalca Jr. and PO2 Darwin A. Villena Recovered one (1) knife about seven (7) inches long with blood stained believed to be the weapon used by the suspects.
Suspect, Roberto who evade arrest was kept on hiding in the mountainous area of area Brgy. Balaquid while series of manhunt operations were also initiated by the Biliran Police Provincial Office against the suspect with the active support of the Brgy. Tanods of Balaquid. However, on the evening of May 15, 2008, at about 9:30 o’clock more or less suspect Roberto Illar was found dead by Brgy. Tanods hanging using an electric wire tied on his neck inside the unoccupied house of the suspect’s step-father which is quite distance away from the Brgy. proper of Brgy. Balaquidm Cabucgayan, Biliran.
Other suspect was identified later as Roger De La Cruz, married also of Brgy. Balaquid, Cabucgayan, Biliran who is now under arrest after the suspect’s father Mr. Constantino De La Cruz revealed to the Police that his son Reger confessed to him (Constantino) that he was the companion of Roberto Illar who raped and stabbed Ruth Lenante on the early morning of May 9, 2008. Because they (Suspects) were drunk on that time.
This instant case is considered solved with corresponding formal charge against the suspect (s) now being filed before the Prosecutor’s Office of Naval, Biliran, Under I.S. Nr. 2008-97.