By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The primary suspect in the massacre of five people in Bulacan, which included three children, was recently arrested by police and appears to be a native of Negros Occidental.
The suspect, identified as 26-year-old construction worker Carmelino Navarro Ibañez, was arrested by San Jose del Monte police on Wednesday evening and was positively identified by the witnesses as the individual leaving the area of the crime scene on Tuesday.
In an interview on ABS-CBN following the arrest, Ibañez admitted to killing 35-year-old Estrella Dizon; 58-year-old Auring Dizon; and the three children, identified as Donnie, Ella, and Dexter, Jr.
Ibañez said he gained access to the house by entering through the back door.
During the incident, the suspect was believed to be under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs.
Ibañez stated he did not have any intention to kill the victims and claimed he was unaware there were children inside the house.
An investigation by San Jose Del Monte police revealed the younger Dizon sustained 45 stab wounds across her body, while the elder suffered 32 stab wounds.
Both victims also showed signs they were raped before their murders.
The victims’ bodies were discovered by Estrella’s husband, Dexter Carlos.
Police also believe there may be additional suspects./WDJ