SAN Antonio, Nueva Ecija -- An octogenarian farmer and his female househelper were butchered by unidentified men inside their house here last Monday.
Provincial police director Senior Supt. Antonio C. Yarra identified those killed as Hilario dela Cruz Sr., 80, and his stay-in helper as Jinky Ochua, 27, both of Bantog St., Bgy. San Francisco, this town.
Police only got wind of the twin murders at 10 a.m. after they were alerted by a phone call from the chief tanod of barangay.
Yarra said the brutal killings were discovered by Dela Cruz’s grandson Conrado Tinio, 44, and neighbor Salvador Alon-zo, 63.
Investigation showed that Dela Cruz, his ailing wife Eugenia, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and Ochua were sleeping inside the house when the suspects barged in through the kitchen door between 11 and 11:30 p.m.
Yarra said the suspects entered the property by cutting the cyclone wire which served as the perimeter barrier of the compound.
He said the victims were roused from sleep by the noise created by the intruders but the suspects silenced two of the victims by stabbing them repeatedly in the head and face that caused their instantaneous deaths.
The suspects then took the two mobile phones of the victims and an undetermined amount of money from the master’s bedroom before fleeing towards the rice fields.
Yarra said Mrs. Eugenia dela Cruz was unharmed but her immediate relatives decided to bring her to the nearest hospital for medical checkup.
He said Scene of the Crime Operatives processed the crime scene to lift possible fingerprints and evidence.
The bodies of the victims were brought to the Nonong Malgapo Funeral Parlor in Bgy. Tikiw for autopsy.
Continuous follow-up operations are being undertaken by the police for the possible identification and arrest of the suspects.