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Rice trader killed, robbed by helper

April 29, 2024 Bernard Galang 230 views

A WOMAN who owned a rice trading business on Sunday was stabbed dead and robbed by their own helper inside the warehouse office in Candaba, Pampanga.

In a report to Police Regional Office 3 director Brig. Gen. Jose Hidalgo Jr., the Candaba police identified the victim as Lavina Gulapa, 69, of Bgy. Barangca, Candaba, Pampanga.

Initial probe showed that suspect Gerome Santiago, a helper residing in Bgy. Lourdes, Candaba, was left alone with the victim at the warehouse when the victim’s husband Rogelio, and another helper Pablo Evangelista, went to San Ildefonso, Bulacan to deliver rice.

Upon their return to the warehouse, the husband found at the office room her wife lying on the floor, with stab wounds on the chest, and strangulation mark on the neck.

The victim was rushed to the Emmanuel Vera Hospital in San Miguel, Bulacan but was declared dead upon arrival.

The suspect fled after the killing while the P60,000 cash and a cal .45 pistol with magazine registered to Rogelio were missing.