A 41-year-old man was stabbed dead allegedly by his friend while he was sleeping on a hammock in a known seaside hangout spot in Tagbilaran City at past 3 p.m. on Thursday.
The fatality identified as Noel “Opaw” Alberio, a spice vendor and a resident of Barangay Cogon in the city, sustained multiple stab wounds in his neck.
According to Alberio’s cousin Gilbert Paul Udtohan, they were drinking below the cliff near a Shell Depot known as “Balong-balong” until the victim fell asleep.
The suspect then arrived and without uttering a word, stabbed Alberio multiple times using a kitchen knife.
“Natog ag taw, gi-luba ra man og kalit,” said Udtohan.
The attacker calmly left the area after stabbing the victim.
Witnesses have identified the suspect as one Clifford “Opaw” Monton, a resident of Barangay Booy.
Monton, following the attack, reportedly surrendered to barangay officials.
According to Marino Alberio, the victim’s brother, Noel frequented Balong-balong to rest and eat after selling his products in the area.
He said that his brother and the suspect knew each other but he did not know what triggered the attack.
“Amigo ra man pud sila, tapok-tapok sila diri. Kadtong bataa [suspect] mo kalit raman na og lagbas diri basta naay kan-onon. Basin nagkalalis siguro sila,” he added.
Police have been deployed to the area and have started their investigation on the incident. (AD)