School principal stabbed dead in Capiz

By Felipe V. Celino

ROXAS CITY, Capiz– A 56-year-old elementary school principal died after he was stabbed by his drinking partner Tuesday morning in an apartment at Green Earth Village, Barangay Mongpong here.

The police identified the victim as Jun Vista Mencedez, principal of Minoro Elementary School in Barangay Bula, Mambusao, Capiz.

He suffered three fatal stab wounds in his neck, three on his breast, and five more in different parts of his body. He was declared dead on arrival at Health Centrum Hospital in Barangay Banica, Roxas City.

His 10-year-old alleged adopted daughter was also wounded and presently confined in a hospital after she was also stabbed by the suspect identified as John Peter Obara.

Obara was arrested at his house in Barangay Balat-an, Mambusao, Capiz in a hot pursuit operation by the police.

Investigation by the Roxas City police indicated that Mencedez and Obara were drinking liquor at the victim’s apartment the night before the incident.

They were joined by another friend Alvin Aniero.

Lt. Col. Aron Palomo, Roxas police chief, said Obara was injured, too, after the victim managed to fight back and scuffle for the scissor which was used by the suspect in stabbing the victim and his adopted daughter.

Palomo said the motive could be robbery because the victim’s wallet was missing.

It was learned that the suspect was with the victim when the latter withdrew money from an ATM before they proceeded to the apartment.