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Ma cries justice as son,14, is killed by another minor

LABO, Camarines Norte—The mother of the 14-year-old boy who died after he was hit in the head with by his friend a piece of concrete has made a plea for justice.

Labo, Camarines Norte
Lea Padillo, in an interview with local media, said she wants the suspect to rot in jail because of what he did to her son.

The victim got into a misunderstanding with a friend, also aged 14, at around 4 p.m. on June 3, at barangay Pinya, this town, Labo Municipal Police Station Chief Supt. Geoffrey Fernandez said.

The victim, according to the report, punched the suspect, who retaliated by pelting him with a piece of concrete.

He was hit on the left side of his head.

Fernandez added that the victim was rushed to Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Controversy

In the same interview, Mrs. Padillo expressed her disappointment with PO1 Bernard Balangbang of the local police station.

Padillo was referring to rumors that the cop kicked and dragged her son’s body as he was struggling for his last breaths at a local computer shop.

The rumors were immediately dismissed by Balangbang, who in a radio interview explained that he only tried to encourage the boy to get up.

It was after this, he narrated, that he and a fellow cop tried to have him sit on a chair.

The victim slipped into an awkward position, the police officer said, so he might have had to drag him a little. He meant, however, to cause no harm.

Balangbang was backed by Police Supt. Fernandez, who appealed to netizens to stop spreading false rumors and making unnecessary comments on social media.

Rage

Trembling with anger and grief, the victim’s mother narrated how much she missed her son.

She also confirmed that the suspect is her son’s friend.

The third of seven children, his son did not go to school because, according to her, he simply did not want to.

But he had always been a nice kid, she said.

She recalled how she and her husband would pick him up when he would stay out late.

He would often hang out in the area where the brawl happened, she said.

Sometimes, she admitted, her son would indeed get into fights, but this was only because he hated it
when one of his friends was treated unjustly.

Padillo announced that her son would be laid to rest on Monday at 1 p.m.

Their family has no plans of subjecting his body to an autopsy, as he did not suffer from any illness, she added.

Release

As of the time of this writing, Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) Office Labo has announced that it will continue gathering information for their investigation.

In the meantime, however, the suspect will be released and placed under the custody of his parents, according to Liza Capistrano, a social Worker of MSWD-Labo.

Capistrano added that they do not have a Youth Crisis Center where the boy may stay.

The parents of the victims, she said, have signed an agreement that they would show up with their son when summoned to the office, so the victim’s parents have nothing to worry about.

Thus, after consulting with a lawyer, they decided to turn over the suspect to his parents under an agreement.

They have also reminded the parents not to hide the suspect so would not run into problems, Capistrano said.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM, With reports from Balitang Probinsya

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