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Robbery with homicide
raps vs. 2 in doc’s slay

Bacolod City Police Director, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, yesterday assured the relatives and friends of Dr. Andres Gumban that those who brutally stabbed him to death in his house in Brgy. Alijis Thursday will be prosecuted.

De la Paz said they are still waiting for the necessary documents, including the results of an autopsy conducted on Gumban, so they can file robbery with homicide charges against the suspects before the City Prosecutor’s Office this week.

He said the two suspects, Fof Pascual Jr., 18,of Barangay Tadlong, Sagay City, and a 16-year-old from Cadiz City, whose name is being withheld as he is a minor, are believed to have intended to rob the doctor but were foiled by neighbors.

De la Paz also said the BCPO is giving awards to Gumban’s neighbors Jonathan Maniego and Ivan Amar at the City police headquarters today for their heroism in foiling the escape of the suspects.

The bladed weapon used in stabbing Gumban, that was recovered in a vacant lot behind the doctor’s house, will be among the evidences to be presented before the Bacolod Prosecutor’s Office to strengthen the case against the suspects, de la Paz said.

The 16-year-old suspect, whom Gumban met on Facebook sometime in March this year, claimed that the doctor, armed with a bladed weapon entered the bathroom while he was taking a bath and made sexual advances on him, causing him to fight back, wrest the bladed weapon and stab the doctor repeatedly.

Before the killing, Gumban had picked up the suspects from the North Terminal in Brgy. Bata, Bacolod and took them to the ShoeMart mall for snacks before proceeding to his house at Regent Pearl Subdivision.

De la Paz said they are coordinating with Gumban’s family to see if there are items missing from the house of the doctor. He said they are entertaining the possibility that the suspects wanted to rob Gumban but he fought back, prompting them to kill him.

Gumban’s relatives did not give any statements, but on the doctor’s Facebook wall, his friends and loved ones expressed sadness over his sudden death while others condemned the suspects for the brutal killing.

His relatives and friends also described Gumban as a good person whom they will miss.

A mass was held yesterday for the slain doctor at the Rolling Hills Memorial chapels, and his interment is set Sunday after a 10 a.m. mass at the Triumph of the Holy Cross Church.*APN

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