Man stabbed dead, three injured in commotion

A police officer probes the area in Barangay 4, Silay City, Negros Occidental, where a 55-year-old man died while pacifying a commotion involving his son on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Silay City Police Station)

By Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – Homicide and frustrated homicide charges were filed Thursday against a 39-year-old man for allegedly stabbing a man to death and injuring his son during a commotion at Hacienda Panaogao 2, Barangay 4, Silay City, Negros Occidental, on Wednesday.

Police identified the fatality as Ciceron Bautista, 55, of the said village.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Mark Anthony Darroca, Silay City police chief, said Bautista’s son, Ronald, 31, had come from a drinking session at a birthday party when he went to the house of the suspect, who was also drunk.

Darroca stated that Ronald confronted the suspect about their previous grudges, leading to a heated argument. The suspect became irked, took a knife, and allegedly stabbed Ronald in the abdomen.

Bautista, who followed his son, tried to pacify them but was also allegedly stabbed by the suspect in the stomach, resulting in his immediate death, according to Darroca.

Upon seeing his father wounded, Ronald took a sugarcane cutter and allegedly hacked the suspect in the left arm. This prompted the suspect’s 25-year-old relative to intervene, and he was also wounded in the hand from Ronald’s supposed second attack on the suspect.

Darroca said Ronald is confined at Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, while the suspect is admitted to Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) in Bacolod City.

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