LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A 44-year old maintenance crew was arrested by responding police operatives after he tried to hack a 26-year old merchandiser during a commotion inside their boarding house at Botiwtiw, Balili here recently.
Senior Superintendent Florante Camuyot, officer-in-charge of the Benguet Provincial Police Office, identified the suspect Jose Dany Ortez Pirote, 44, single, maintenance personnel, native of Capas, Tarlac, while he named the victim as Stallone Gonzales, Laoyan, 26, single, merchandiser, native of Sablan, Benguet and both residents of Botiwtiw, Balili, La Trinidad, Benguet.
Initial police investigation showed the drunk suspect was screaming in the terrace of their boarding house when the victim went out of his room to pacify him.
Instead of calming down, the suspect suddenly challenged the victim to a fistfight and attempted to hack him with a bolo that resulted into a commotion until the victim was able to grab the deadly weapon away from him.
Responding police operatives immediately arrested the suspect and is now facing attempted homicide charges before the provincial prosecutor’s office.
By Dexter A. See