Suspect in Baguio massacre surrenders


A MAN believed to be behind the massacre of five people, including three children, in Baguio City on April 6 surrendered to Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno on Monday.

Philip Tolentino Avino, alias Michael Geronimo 31, turned himself in following the advise of his brother, Sr. Police Officer 3 (SPO3) Jeff Sta. Ana, and uncle Chit Tolen–tino, a barangay chairman.

Avino would be turned over to Baguio City police for interrogation.

Police found the bodies of Joey Nociete, 9; Dave John de Guzman, 7; Raymond Delmen–do, 8; Jacquelyn Kale Nociete, 19 and household help Jonalyn Lozano, 32, at the Nociete residence on April 6.

Avino, who denied the killings, left Baguio City for Pasay City in the morning of April 7.

“My only mistake was that I failed to keep my bus ticket,” said Avino, who asked Baguio City police to free his live-in partner.

Avino, who learned about the P100,000 reward on his arrest from a co-worker at the Baguio market, branded the accusations as plain frame up.

Meanwhile, Baguio City police commander Sr. Supt. Rolando Miranda dismissed Avino’s denial as an alibi.

“In the first place, we do not know Tolentino. However, all the pieces of evidence and testimonies are pointing to him as the culprit following our initial investigation,” Miranda explained.

“We hope he will cooperate,” Miranda said.


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