George Anico, a 41-year-old inactive US marine officer, was stabbed dead shortly after figuring in a brawl with four men outside the gate of Bel-Air Village along Kalayaan Avenue in Makati City early in the morning on November 24, 2012.
Makati Police Senior Supt. Manuel Lukban said that the four suspects were on board a silver Volvo (TOJ 886) being checked by a security guard at the gate of Rockwell Center along Kalayaan Avenue when George Anico who, then appeared to be drunk, broke into the conversation.
The suspects ignored Anico but the Volvo driver asked for the name of the American before he rolled up the car’s window.
The Volvo-riding men lost their cool when George Anico allegedly gave their car a hard tap. The suspects came out of the car and confronted Anico. In the ensuing brawl, George Anico was stabbed multiple times.
“The victim was able to run away but the attackers caught up with him and mauled him again,” Lukban said.
Witnesses said the George Anico fell to the ground, bleeding from the stab wounds in his body.
Before fleeing, one of the attackers even threatened the on-duty security guard not to report the incident to the Makati police. The suspects also warned the guards not to take note of their car license plate number.
The guards however alerted the Makati police. The policemen on three mobile patrol cars were just in time to block the suspects’ path along Estrella St., in Barangay Poblacion, Makati City.
A bloodstained tactical knife was found at the front passenger seat of the suspects’ vehicle.
Anico was rushed by rescue workers from Barangay Poblacion and Makati Rescue to the Makati Medical Center. Unfortunately, George Anico died on Saturday, 7:20 a.m., due to fatal wounds on his back and left shoulder.
The arrested suspects were identified as Juan Alfonzo Abastilla, 24; Crispin dela Paz, 28; Osric Cabrera, 27; and Galicano Datu III, 22.
Abastilla, Dela Paz, and Cabrera are profiled as businessmen living in Makati while Datu is a student of De la Salle University in Manila. The four are believed to be from well-to-do families, according to the police.
Covering their faces with towels to avoid television cameras, the four underwent inquest proceedings at the Makati prosecutor’s office on Sunday afternoon.
Lukban said the US Embassy officials have been in constant contact with the Makati police after learning about the killing.
“They are looking forward to the immediate filing of the case,” Lukban said.
The victim, a dependent of one of the officers of the US Embassy, was awaiting order from the US Marine to be called to duty, the police said.
Lukban said the Makati police opted to file murder, a non-bailable offense, instead of homicide since the attackers chased the victim “with the intent to kill.”
Credit: Philippine Daily Inquirer News