LEMERY, Batangas – A three-year-old child, who had been missing since Christmas Day, was found dead on New Year’s Eve by villagers along the shoreline of Sitio Calambuyan, Barangay Sta. Ana, Calatagan, Batangas.
The victim’s body was discovered a day fisherman Isagani Mendoza Panganiban, 35, a resident Barangay Anak-Dagat, was arrested for drug use and later confessed that he raped and killed the girl.
Police said yesterday that the child’s mother, 23-year-old Marjorie Marasigan of same barangay formally filed rape complaints against Panganiban at the Lemery Police Station.
Panganiban, police said, was positively identified by villagers as the last one seen with the victim before she disappeared.
Police arrested the suspect on Dec. 30 for use of illegal drugs.
After investigations and questioning, the suspect confessed to the rape-slay. (Vicky Aclan Florendo)