The 2017 Bulacan massacre is a massacre that happened on June 27, 2017, in which the assailants killed 5 members of a family inside their home in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines. The authorities listed five persons of interest involved in the massacre. Within two weeks after the incident, three of the five persons of interests have been killed by unknown assailants within different areas in Bulacan.

2017 Bulacan massacre
San Jose del Monte is located in Luzon
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San Jose del Monte is located in Philippines
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San Jose del Monte (Philippines)
LocationSan Jose del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines
DateJune 27 – July 8, 2017
Attack type
Home invasion, massacre, stabbing, rape[1]
Deaths8 (including 3 accused)
  • Ronaldo Pacinos
  • Rosevelth Sorima
  • Anthony Garcia
  • Alvin Mabesa

Incident edit

On June 27, 2017, according to the authorities, a security guard named Dexter Carlos found that, upon arriving at his house at 8:45 a.m. (PST),[2] his five members of the family were dead inside his house at Block 1, Lot 8, North Ridge Royal Subdivision in Barangay Santo Cristo, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.[3] Carlos's mother-in-law Auring Dizon and his wife Estrella were sexually abused by the assailants and sustained 32 and 45 stab wounds respectively.[4][5] Three children with stab wounds were found in different areas of the house.[5]

Suspects and investigation edit

On June 29, a construction worker named Carmelino Ibañez, who confessed his involvement in the crime, was arrested by the authorities.[6][7] According to the authorities, Ibañez said that he was alone when he did the crime. He also said that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident. Ibañez broke the padlock of the door at the back of the house to get inside.[8] However, on July 5, Ibañez retracted the statement, saying that "he was tortured by police to confess to the crime.[9] Before that, he said that, fearing of his safety, he voluntarily surrendered to the police.[9] Four days prior, despite the admission that he was "high" on drugs, the Philippine National Police (PNP) stated that "may have turned out negative because he took a low-grade variant or a small quantity of shabu".[10]

Three of the persons of the interest involved in the incident have been killed within two weeks after the massacre, in style of vigilante killings with writings on the cardboard strapped on the body (typically used during the war on drugs), saying that they are considered "rapist". On July 4, Rolando Pacinos (alias: "Inggo") found dead in San Jose del Monte.[11] Pacinos sustained five stab wounds and his four fingers were missing.[12] On July 5, assailants broke into the house, also in San Jose del Monte, of Rosevelt Somera (alias: "Ponga") and shot him dead in front of his family.[13][11]

On morning of July 8, a third person named Anthony Garcia found dead, who had been shot by an unidentified assailant and whose body was dumped on a roadside.[11][13] However, Alvin Mabesa was still missing.[14]

President Rodrigo Duterte visited the wake on July 4.[15] According to the police laboratory report, the blood sample taken from one of the victims in the massacre had matched the DNA of Ibañez.[16]

In popular culture edit

The case was featured on GMA Network's investigative docudrama program Imbestigador in an episode entitled "Bulacan Massacre". Dexter Carlos was portrayed by Gabby Eigenmann, while Estrella Carlos portrayed by Winwyn Marquez, and Carmelino Ibañez portrayed by Kiko Estrada

References edit

  1. ^ Dalawang persons of interest sa Bulacan massacre inimbitahan ng pulisya (in Tagalog). GMA News.
  2. ^ "Massacre in Bulacan". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  3. ^ "Bulacan mayor offers P100,000 for information on massacre". The Manila Times. June 28, 2017.
  4. ^ "Rape eyed as motive behind Bulacan massacre 100k reward offered". ABS-CBN News. June 28, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Police invite 'persons of interest' in Bulacan massacre case". SunStar. June 28, 2017.
  6. ^ Suspect in Bulacan massacre owns up to crime. News5
  7. ^ "Bulacan massacre suspect caught". SunStar.
  8. ^ "Husband whose family was massacred doesn't believe only one suspect did crime". GMA News. June 29, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Suspect in Bulacan massacre says he was tortured by cops to confess". ABS-CBN News.
  10. ^ "PNP chief explains Bulacan massacre suspect's negative drug test". ABS-CBN News.
  11. ^ a b c "3rd man linked to Bulacan massacre found dead". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  12. ^ "Another person of interest in Bulacan massacre case found dead". GMA News.
  13. ^ a b "BULACAN MASSACRE | Ikatlong person of interest, natagpuang patay". News5 (in Filipino).
  14. ^ "Kaanak ng mga dawit sa Bulacan massacre, nangangamba". ABS-CBN.
  15. ^ "Pres. Duterte, personal na nakiramay sa mga kaanak ng mag-iinang pinaslang sa Bulacan". UNTV. July 5, 2017.
  16. ^ "DNA sample from Bulacan massacre victim matches primary suspect's: police". ABS-CBN News.