Murder rap filed vs. suspect in Virac stabbing incident

Virac police authorities have filed a criminal charge for murder against one of the suspects in the May 15, 2023 stabbing of a resident of Pajo San Isidro.

According to the police report, the police learned of the violent incident at about 10:30 PM that night when a resident of the barangay called to report that a man had been stabbed during a confrontation.

Initial investigation named the five suspects only as Tony, Jep, Ray, Jon and Jo.

Armed with a knife and a piece of wood, the group allegedly went to the house of one Ente, who, together with the victim identified as Echo, confronted the suspects.

Suddenly, Tony stabbed Echo while the other suspects attacked Ente, who was able to escape.

Residents brought the victim to the Eastern Bicol Medical Center where he was declared dead on arrival.

Responding police personnel mounted a hot pursuit operation and apprehended the suspects on the basis of a witness’ testimony.

A source identified the slain resident as Jericho Benavidez, a cousin of Vincent Benavidez who survived the attack, while the suspects were tagged as Antonio Tatualla, Jepril Borsique, Raydel Miranda, Aljon Vallejo and Joel Tatualla.

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