By Glazyl Y. Masculino
BACOLOD City – Two persons were killed in separate hacking and stabbing incidents in two municipalities in Negros Occidental last Saturday.
In Hinoba-an town, Mistocles Juliane, 49, of Barangay Asia, was found dead at his farm a day after he failed to go home last Friday.
Police Captain Ramel Bustamante, Hinoba-an town police chief, said the victim and his son left their house on Friday morning to clean their farm. On that same morning, the victim told his son to look for a buyer of their products.
But his father did not go home later that day, prompting their family to search for him until he was found lifeless the next day.
Bustamante said the victim suffered a severe hack wound in his neck.
He said they already have a person of interest in the incident, and they are eyeing a land dispute or grudges as possible motives in the incident.
In Moises Padilla town, Roel Barroquiña, 59, of Barangay 6 was stabbed dead by an unidentified person in Barangay Odiong.
Police Major Joevito Bose, Moises Padilla town police chief, said that Barroquiña, an electrician, was riding his motorcycle on his way home when he was waylaid by the perpetrator.
Bose said that a confrontation then occurred between them until the victim was stabbed by the perpetrator several times.
Barroquiña was declared dead on arrival at a hospital.
He said they are looking into work-related as a possible motive in the incident, considering that the victim had threats since August based on the text messages on his cellular phone and the statement of his wife.
Bose said they already have a lead on the identity of the suspect.