Son admits killing mom, sister

CEBU CITY -- A 16-year-old boy is facing a parricide case after he admitted killing his pregnant mother and his five-year-old half sister in Barangay Naalad, City of Naga, Cebu.

The boy’s friend, 19-year-old Bryan Pansoy, will also be charged for acting as an accessory to the crime, said Naga police on Friday.

John, not his real name, said he was mad at his mother whom he accused of neglecting him.

John, son of Virgin Dina Cabarse Bantilan, 39, when she was still single, admitted he regret doing that, saying he didn't have any intention of killing her and his half sister, Geraldine.

The suspect, who was in a drinking spree with his friends Thursday night, said he merely went to Bantilan's house to ask for money.

Natividad Francia, sister of Bantilan, said John felt bad when his mother married.

John and his mother haven't been in good terms because when he was still a little boy, Virgin Dina had to leave him with his grandparents when she worked abroad.

"Ni-rebelde ang bata, Wala maatiman. Ang barkada na lang ang iyang kakuyog-kuyog. Mangita og asa mokaon. Para bawn. Medyo nakuwangan. Nangita og care sa usa ka inahan. Gipalayas ni siya sa una. Unya bisan asa na lang siya mopuyo namo mga iyaan," Francia told radio dyLA.

She said she and her other sisters agreed to shoulder his needs.

"Nagtinabangay ang mga akong mga manghod para maka eskwela siya," said Natividad Francia.

Recently, the aunts were not able to sustain the boy’s needs as they also have financial problems with their own family.

Francia said they are still asking the son why he killed his mother.

Naga City Police Chief Timmar Alam said they decided to invite John for questioning when they noted his reaction and saw the abrasion marks on his arms.

John said they went to a river and washed themselves after the crime.

Alam, in a press conference Friday afternoon, said John and his friends, who were earlier drinking in Sitio Sindulan, Barangay Tinaan, Naga, which was celebrating its annual fiesta, arrived at Bantilan's house at 7 p.m. Thursday. John bought some bread and cigarettes from Bantilan's store.

Geraldine opened the door and let him in. He reportedly hit the girl on the mouth and forehead using the butt of the 357 magnum revolver. He also hit the head of Bantilan, who was at that time was lying on a bamboo bench.

But John denied he got some money from his mother. He just got her cellphone, which he later pawned to Mark Lester Abastas, his 18-year-old friend for P800.

John admitted they need more money to continue their drinking session. It was Pansoy who suggested that they get money from John's mother.

This was the second time this year in Cebu that a son confessed to killing his mother in just three weeks.

Last August 23, a nursing student, Christian Lucky Dalangin, confessed to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) that he killed his own mother and buried her inside her house.

The body of 53-year-old Rubirosa Tenchavez was unearthed last August 27 by NBI operatives. The body was buried in a four-meter-deep hole in the stock room of her house on Ganciang St. in Maria Gochan Subdivision in Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Related story: Pregnant mom, child killed in Cebu

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