By Glazyl Y. Masculino
BACOLOD City – A foreman died while two others were injured after they were stabbed by an alleged drunk man at Hacienda San Antonio 2, Barangay Dos Hermanas, Talisay City, Negros Occidental last Sunday.
Police Lieutenant Peter John Ramos, deputy police chief of Talisay City Police Station, identified the fatality as Alson Mesias, 30, a native of Bago City, but was temporarily residing at Barangay San Fernando.
Wounded were cousins John Paul Bacong, 19; and Francis Bacong, 25, both residents of the said village who are construction workers.
Ramos said the three victims were walking home when they were allegedly waylaid by Alfonso Rompe Jr.
An altercation then followed.
“Indi man sila kilalahay, na tripingan sila siguro kay hubog man ang suspect,” he added.
Ramos said Rompe was reportedly drunk after he attended a baptism when he met the victims on his way home.
Ramos said the suspect then allegedly stabbed the victims.
Ramos said Mesias was stabbed in his chest, while the cousins suffered minor stab wounds in the shoulder and arm.
The victims were brought to Talisay City Health Center and were later transferred to Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) here.
Ramos, however, said that Mesias died because of a serious stab wound, while the two other victims were later discharged.
Ramos said the suspect, who was hiding in a sugarcane field near his father’s house, was arrested in a hot pursuit operation after police heard his cellular phone ringing.
Police recovered from him a double blade knife he reportedly used in the crime.
Meanwhile, Rompe, over an interview with Radyo Bandera Bacolod, said that he just defended himself from the victims because the latter allegedly blocked his way on his way home. He also denied that he was drunk at that time.
Rompe said he had a knife with him because he would usually walk and cross two rivers on his way home every night.
He said he is willing to face the charges against him because it already happened.
Police will file homicide and frustrated homicide charges against Rompe, a sugarcane worker.