Bicol University coed brutal rape-slay unsolved, Justice demanded

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A prime life brutally wasted. Photo grab from Justice for Laesybil Lim Almonacid facebook account
A prime life brutally wasted. Photo grab from Justice for Laesybil Lim Almonacid facebook account

Body found near army detachment

LEGAZPI CITY – Police have established a strong lead on the possible identities of the suspects responsible for the rape-slay of a third year accountancy student of the Bicol University (BU) in Daraga, Albay, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported on Thursday.

In a phone interview, Police Supt. Nilo Berdin, Daraga police chief, said investigators are in the process of identifying the suspects in the Tuesday rape-slay of Laesybil Lim Almonacid, a resident of Purok 2, Sitio San Roque in Barangay Bascaran, Daraga.

However, he refused to name the suspects pending the result of the investigation.

Following a case conference on Thursday, Berdin said Task Force (TF) Laesybil had been formed to fast track the solution of the case.

Investigators are still processing the testimonies of several witnesses who might shed light on the case.

The police said Laesybil, 19, was found dead half naked by village marshals at about 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday at a grassy area 25 meters from their residence, which is about 40 to 50 meters away from an Army detachment in the village.

Scene of the crime operatives (SOCO) said the victim was hit by a hard object on her face and strangulated.

Berdin said they are awaiting crime laboratory findings to ascertain the cause of death and if the victim was indeed raped.

The victim’s grandmother, Angelina Almonacid, said Laesybil earlier asked permission to visit a relative who lives several meters from their house at about 5:30 p.m Tuesday.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda, in a press statement, said the provincial government “shares the grief of the bereaved family and the collective outrage of the BU family” as he directed the PNP to employ its full powers to achieve justice.

Berdin said that the recent case brings to eight the reported rape incidence in Daraga town this year. These include three rape cases in Barangay Quidako; two in Barangay Anislag and two in Barangay Talahib.

Except for the latest incident, all seven rape victims were alive.

In a related development the Bicol University president Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya, in a signed statement tasked authorities to bring to justice the perpetrator/s of this henious crime. The whole community of the state universities and colleges condemned the barbaric act which shocked the student populace for Laesybil Lim Almonacid vibrant life was ended. PNA/BicolToday.com

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