Suspect in Virac child slay case speaks

VIRAC, Catanduanes—A lawyer from the Public Attorney’s Office has represented the principal suspect in the case involving slain 8-year-old pupil Sear Andrie Agripa.

Photo: Island Sandigan via Tres Pandananon Muskiteros

Atty. Florante Belleza accompanied suspect Cecilio Paredes to protect his rights guaranteed under the Constitution.

In an interview by BICOL STANDARD this afternoon, Police Senior Inspector Connie de Leon of the Virac Municipal Police Station said that the suspect denied having committed the crime himself.

8-year-old boy kidnapped in Virac 
8-year-old kidnapped pupil found dead in Virac


De Leon, however, noted some inconsistencies in the statements of Paredes.

“There are loopholes in his story, such as in the details involving his alleged companions in the crime, the time of the killing, and the vehicle used,” she said.

“Yesterday, he said that he had some companions whose identities he would not reveal,” she added.

“Today, [Paredes] said that he was pressured by several persons to commit the crime. He mentioned several aliases. We are still confirming the veracity of his statement, so we have decided not to release the names of the aliases to the public,” she said.

De Leon also mentioned that the suspect would sometimes refer to the vehicle that was used to fetch the victim as a Toyota Hi-Ace, a Toyota pickup, or a white van.


The police are now piecing together the information from the suspect’s statements and the results of the investigation.

At press time, they are still waiting for the medical findings to reveal the victim’s cause of death.

“There are indications that Paredes acted alone, but we are still enlarging the scope of our probe,” De Leon revealed.

“We are also looking at the possibility that the child was alive, although very frail, when he was dumped at Barangay San Isidro Village,” she added.

"We have ruled out the idea that illegal drugs was the cause of the killing," she furthered.

Because of the public outrage surrounding the crime, De Leon shared that many people are contributing information that might be helpful in the investigation.

In Albay, it was reported that Paredes is a resident of Barangay Pawa, Legazpi City.

Mark Kevin Arroco of Bombo Radyo interviewed the Punong Barangay of Pawa who said that Paredes has no derogatory records, and no known enemies.

The suspect’s wife, however, confirmed, that Paredes has a lot of financial problems, Arroco’s report added.

Meanwhile, De Leon assured BICOL STANDARD that the police officers of Virac are working round the clock to gather more information for a speedy resolution of the case.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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