3rd suspect arrested for 2014 Pandan rape-slay
Pandan, Catanduanes  ·  
posted 10-Sep-2019  ·  
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The last suspect in the gruesome rape-slay case in Pandan in 2014 has been arrested in Bulacan province.

Michael Villegas Ibatuan, 26, was turned over to the Pandan police by the Bulakan police station last Aug. 19, 2019 after his arrest in Bambang, Bulakan town last April 16.

He was among the three men charged for the non-bailable rape and killing of Lyca Bermejo, 18, in San Andres, Pandan on June 5, 2014. The other two – brothers Jake and Saldy Eusebio – agreed to plead guilty to a lesser offense, for which they were sentenced to imprisonment of six years and to pay P100,000 as civil liability to the victim’s mother.

It may be recalled that four months after the incident, Jake, then a 19-year old student at the Catanduanes State University (CSU) College of Agriculture, and Saldy, 26, were arrested by the police shortly after the case was filed.

Records of the case show that at 3 P.M. of June 5, 2014, Bermejo did not return home after being told by her mother to wash a big pot and frying pan at the nearby creek in barangay San Andres. Three days later, her decomposing body was found at a creek in the mountainside some 600 meters from the barangay proper, bearing injuries in the head, neck and other parts of her body.

A postmortem examination showed she was wearing only her underwear and uplifted shirt, with her private parts swollen, a vine wrapped around her neck, and her body bearing bruises and contusions.

The crime could have gone unsolved were it not for a 17-year old boy who told his father he saw who killed Lyca and that they threatened to kill him and his family.

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