The brutal killing last week of Dr. Andres Gumban, whose neck was slashed and who was stabbed 34 times, was videotaped by one of his assailants, who smiled and winked at the camera after committing the deed.
The 5 minutes and 18 seconds video, taken through the cellular phone camera of the 16-year-old Facebook friend of the doctor, was released to the media yesterday by Bacolod city police director, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz.
Gumban, 63, was killed at his house in DC 2 Regent Pearl Homes Subdivision in Brgy. Alijis, Bacolod City, Thursday. The 16-year-old from Sagay City, whose name is being withheld as he is a minor, and his companion, identified as Fof Pascual, 18, of Brgy. Tadlong, Sagay City, were immediately apprehended.
The video refutes the earlier claim of the minor that the doctor, armed with a knife, made sexual advances on him, prompting him to grab the weapon and repeatedly stab Gumban instead.
Based on the video tape and other evidence, the police filed robbery with homicide/murder charges against the suspects before the Bacolod City Prosecutors Office, yesterday, de la Paz said.
As shown in the video the 16-year-old placed his cellular phone by the window in the kitchen of Gumban’s house and was concealing a stone behind his back while waiting for the doctor to enter the house from the backyard.
As Gumban entered the kitchen and was washing his hands in the sink, the 16-year-old approached him from behind and repeatedly hit the doctor on his head, causing him to fall, the video also shows.
As Gumban lay on the floor, Pascual ran towards him and stabbed him four times on the chest. The doctor tried to escape from his attackers by crawling towards his room but the suspects dragged him to the bathroom, the video further shows.
It also showed that Gumban stood up and tried to get out of the bathroom but Pascual stabbed him again and locked the doctor with the 16-year-old inside the bathroom.
The doctor was heard groaning in pain in the video.
While Gumban and the 16-year-old were inside the bathroom, Pascual was seen washing his hands and legs at the sink and going back and forth from the doctor’s room.
The minor later came out from the bathroom and slipped on the blood-stained floor. He then stood up washed himself in the sink, took his cellular phone from the window and brought it to the bathroom to videotape himself with the lifeless doctor in the background.
He later held the camera before his face, smiled, winked and happily hummed away before the video ended.
The suspects admitted that they are illegal drug users and are “callboys,” de la Paz said. However, their lawyer, whose name was not disclosed, prevented the police from conducting a drug test on them, de la Paz added.
De la Paz said they have established that the two had planned the robbery and the killing of Gumban when they were still in Cadiz City. The P50,000 in cash, iPod, wristwatch and necklace of Gumban were still missing yesterday, he said
The police also presented to the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office, as evidence to strengthen the case, the stone used in smashing Gumban’s head, the bladed weapon used in stabbing him, and the affidavits of the doctor’s neighbors Ivan Amar and Jonathan Maniego, who foiled the suspects’ escape, after they heard the doctor groaning as he was being killed.
De la Paz said they are still investigating if Pascual and the 16-year-old had other companions when they committed the crime*APN