Jealousy likely motive in slay of teacher stabbed 33 times by ‘kind’ live-in partner
Bato, Catanduanes  ·  
posted 5-Jun-2019  ·  
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Bato police authorities have filed a complaint for homicide against a tricycle driver who, in an apparent fit of jealousy, stabbed his live-in partner 33 times inside their home in barangay Binanuahan last May 23, 2019.

    Responding law enforcers had found the unconscious victim, Liezl Arandia Tato, 24, profusely bleeding from her wounds, just outside the comfort room. Lying beside her was the suspect, Reymark Tulalian Tebelin, 29, a native of Soboc, Viga.

    Both were rushed by the police officers and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Emergency Response Team crew to Virac for immediate medical attention. However, Tato was pronounced dead on arrival at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Hospital while Tebelin was admitted at the Eastern Bicol Medical Center for treatment of minor chest wounds.

    Initial investigation revealed that at about 8:45 P.M. that night, Tebelin had an altercation with his partner, a teacher at Hawan National High School in Virac. He got a knife and stabbed Tato 33 times in the different parts of her body, including some at the back. He then stabbed himself on the left portion of his chest.

    The report did not provide further details regarding the cause of the argument between Tato, a native of Binanuahan and valedictorian of her high school class at Cabugao Integrated School, and Tebelin, but there are claims that it was sparked by jealousy.

     An unimpeachable source who requested anonymity told the Tribune that the incident was not witnessed by the couple’s two girls, aged 3 and 5 years old, as they were mercifully both asleep at the time.

    It is alleged that after stabbing his common-law wife, Tebelin tried to commit suicide by stabbing himself lightly five times in the chest but apparently could not complete the task due to pain.

    Upon hearing the police arrive, the suspect laid down beside his bloodied wife and acted like he was unconscious, the source stated.

    The police have yet to talk to the suspect extensively but the latter claimed that he had an out-of-body experience, seeing himself stabbing his wife at the time.

    Neighbors and relatives reportedly told the police that Tebelin did not drink alcohol or do illegal drugs. He was a kind man, they said, who brought Liezl to her school in Virac every morning and fetched her at the end of the day.

    Contrary to a police report that he had been released, the suspect remains at EBMC under close police guard to undergo psychiatric examination as recommended by doctors.


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