18-year old construction worker arrested for teacher’s murder
posted 25-Nov-2019  ·  
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Donn Carlos Bagadiong II

Just over a day after the brutally hacked body of a high school teacher was discovered in his residence in Virac, the police has reported that follow-up investigation and hot pursuit operations led to the surrender of the lone suspect, an 18-year old construction worker.

Manuel Jose Conde Omigan, a resident of San Isidro Village, surrendered to the police at 1:20 A.M. of Nov. 5, 2019, accompanied by his sibling Maregold Conde and Adlwin Soneja.

The police said Omigan is now detained at the station’s custodial facility pending the filing of a case for murder.

His surrender comes just a day after the provincial government, through Acting Gov. Shirley Abundo, offered a P100,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the suspect in the gruesome killing of Catanduanes National High School teacher and events host Donn Carlos Borja Bagadiong II last weekend.

The Virac police has yet to determine the motive behind the murder as well as the pertinent details, particularly when the killing actually took place.

According to various accounts of the case, a neighbor reportedly called the police sometime after 3 P.M. of Nov. 3, 2019 to check on the teacher and popular event host at his two-storey residence at barangay Valencia after noticing bloodstains near the entrance.

Responding to the scene at 4:15 P.M., PSSg Nohmer Vergara and Cpl Bobby Tribiana entered the residence where they saw blood stains on the ground floor.

Several blood stains were also found at the lobby leading to the master’s bedroom where the two police officers discovered the body of the 29-year old victim lying on the floor with multiple hack wounds on the different parts of his body, particularly his head.

Blood stains were also found on the floor of the comfort room and the handle of the faucet at the lavatory where a bloody butcher’s knife was apparently left by the killer.

Reports quote Virac police chief Maj. Bon Billy Timuat as saying that the killer may have been under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.

He also surmised that due to the presence of empty liquor bottles and softdrinks at Bagadiong’s house, there is a possibility that the victim had a drink with someone before the incident occurred.

There was also no signs of forced entry found at the house, indicating that the victim knew the suspect or suspects and that a heated argument may have led to the killing.

Although the Catanduanes Provincial Crime Laboratory Office based at Camp Francisco Camacho has yet to issue its report on the incident, the Virac police said it is possible that Bagadiong may have been dead for more than day before the crime was discovered as there were no fresh wounds seen on his body.

It is also claimed that the blood stains seen at the crime scene were already dry. It also denied speculation that Bagadiong’s sex organ had been mutilated.

A sought-after host for pageants and weddings, Bagadiong’s last official event was the search for Mr. and Ms. Provincial Meet 2019 at the Virac Sports Center last Oct. 18 when he reportedly organized. He was also a taekwondo coach at CNHS, with his team winning nine gold medals, three silvers and five bronzers during the Virac municipal athletic meet.

With his mother an Overseas Filipino Worker and his father reportedly living in an Albay town, Bagadiong lived alone in the house. His last post in his Facebook page was one dated Nov. 1, 2019 at 11:16 A.M. that said he was selling his Oppo F9 cellphone.

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