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Massacre suspect rushed to hospital

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III

The suspect in the gruesome massacre of four family members in Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City on Easter Sunday was rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital Tuesday due to high blood pressure.

Station 8 chief, P/Major Joery Puerto, told the DAILY STAR that policemen on duty called the personnel of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office after they saw Christian Tulot, 39, of Brgy. Malaabang in Concepcion town, Iloilo, shivering in his custodial cell.

When CDRRMO personnel arrived and checked on Tulot, they noticed his difficulty in speech, so they decided to have him hospitalized, Puerto said.

On Monday, four counts of murder and robbery charges were filed before the City Prosecutor’s Office against Tulot, for killing his aunts, Jocelyn Nombre, 59, and Jemma Espinosa, 69, his cousin John Michael Espinosa, 35, and the latter’s daughter Precious, 5.

CONFESSION

Tulot made an extra-judicial confession, admitting that he hammered and hacked Jocelyn, Jemma and John Michael, and smothered Precious’ face with a pillow until she suffocated.

Puerto said the results of the autopsies conducted on the victims have not been released yet by the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory so they used the complaint-affidavits of Jocelyn’s husband, Jonel, and nieces Jennifer and Grace Espinosa as evidences in filing the charges against Tulot.

He said they are now waiting for a commitment order coming from the court so that they could transfer Tulot to the Bacolod City District jail. Tulot was also charged for possession of illegal drugs after sachets of suspected shabu were seized from him when he was arrested several hours after the decomposing bodies of the victims were discovered in their residential compound on April 7.*

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