One of the three suspects in the brutal killing at the Bacolod City Reclamation area on July 31of a laborer, whose throat was slashed over a love triangle, was finally arrested at about 10 a.m. yesterday at Gatuslao Street in the city.
Arrested was Kenneth Tolentino “alias Jan-Jan”, 20 of Purok Magti-ayon in Brgy, 10, Bacolod, City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, said.
Kenneth Tolentino, his brother Lyson Tolentino, “alias Toto” and his cousin Riovel Arranguez, “alias Cocoy” were tagged in the killing of their neighbor Harry Demetillo Dumago, 47.
Kenneth Tolentino, a trisikad driver, was arrested by Police Officer 3 Nestor Mioten of the Bacolod City Warrant and Subpoena Section on the strength of an arrest warrant for murder issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 49 Judge Manuel Cardinal, who denied him bail.
When interviewed, Kenneth Tolentino denied that he participated in the killing of Dumago, despite the fact that a witness had told the police that he also took part in the crime.
Kenneth said they were having drinks at Dumago’s house in the evening of July 30 when his brother and cousin, who, he said, had already planned the killing, bluffed Dumago and told him that a certain “Cecile” texted them that she was at the BREDCO port and was in trouble.
He said they went to BREDCO port supposedly to help Cecil, who is his brother’s girlfriend and when they were at the area near the warehouse of LBC Freight Company, his brother and cousin shot, stabbed and slashed Dumago’s throat.
Kenneth said his brother was jealous with Dumago, who was also close to “Cecile”.
The bloodied body of Dumago was found by Brgy. 10 tanod Joseph Mendoza who told the police he was walking near port number 2 at about 2 a.m. on July 31.
Kenneth said he has no idea about the whereabouts of his cousin and brother, who remain at large.*APN