A simmering family grudge over a land dispute is being considered as the motive behind the fatal hacking
of a 27-year old abaca stripper in Caramoran town last Nov. 13, 2021.
This was indicated to the Tribune by PLt. Lorenzo Alberto, Caramoran police chief, last week when
queried on the death of Albert Samonte, whose bloodied body was found by responding policemen the
day after the incident in sitio Cantuba, barangay Mabini.
A concerted citizen had called the police station at 1 AM of Nov. 14 regarding the violent incident.
According to the initial investigation, it was Albert, a resident of nearby barangay Panique, who rushed at
his half-brother Charlie, 21, then tending to his farm in Mabini at 4:30 PM of Nov. 13.
Albert tried to choke Charlie, with the two men grappling with each other until the latter managed to slip
from his half-brother’s stranglehold.
The abaca stripper then tried to hack Charlie, who fought back and got his own bolo, thrusting it multiple
times at Albert’s body.
The suspect voluntarily surrendered to the police when the team arrived at his house in sitio San Jose
and guided them through an arduous four-hour trek through the forest until they arrived at the area where
he had left the body of his half-brother.
Also recovered beside the victim’s body was the 20-inch bolo used by Charlie in hacking Alberto to death.
A postmortem examination at the Caramoran Rural Health Unit showed that at least 11 stab and hack
wounds were sustained by Albert.
In expressing sadness at the violent incident which he said should be avoided, PLt. Alberto urged
residents not to get carried away by anger and put the law into their own hands.