President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday promised justice for victims of the Bulacan massacre, saying the killers will get their comeuppance.
“There will be justice. How? Well, I do not know how. Basta, ang sabi nila, patay na ‘yung isa [But they said one has been killed]. So [If that’s the case], there will be many more to come,” Duterte told reporters during a press conference in Bulacan.
“Maski saan ka magtago [Wherever you go], I will catch up with you,” the President added.
Duterte issued the statement following reports that one of the suspects in the massacre was dead, while a “person of interest” in the slays had gone missing.
“Itong sa mga killer [These killers], I understand one was found dead today… As I have told you, this is an organization, a loose organization of criminal syndicates,” the President said.
“And I will repeat my warning: I have told everybody since the beginning that if you destroy my country, I will kill you. And if you destroy the young of this country — it happened here which is more of what could be a work of a devil…papatayin ko kayo [I will kill you],” he added.
According to reports, the remains found near a subdivision in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan could be those of Ronald Pacinos, one of the suspects in the killing of Auring Carlos, her daughter Estrella, and three grandchildren.
Alias Tony was arrested and was supposed to have been subjected to a drug test.
Carmelino Ibañes, who had confessed to the crime, claimed he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he stabbed the victims. Ibañes, however tested negative for drugs.
The President said he offered Estrella’s husband Dexter Carlos a housing unit, P275,000 and a cellphone.
“I told him that, “if there’s anything that you would need and if you think that I can help, call me,’” he said.