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San Juan City offers P100,000 reward to find girl’s killer

The city government of San Juan on Tuesday offered a P100, 000 cash reward to anyone who could provide information to the whereabouts of the male suspect who allegedly raped and killed an 11-month old girl last week.

Grace V. Cortes-Pardines, the chief of the San Juan City Public Information Department, said Mayor Guia Gomez made the decision to offer the reward to help hasten the arrest of the perpetrator behind the crime. She said the money will come from city funds.

“Yes, Mayor (Guia) Gomez will give a P100, 000 reward to any person with information about the suspect,” Cortes-Pardines told Manila Bulletin. “We believe that this (reward money) will help hasten the arrest of the perpetrator,” she added.

Last Friday morning, the San Juan City Police reported that the body of the young girl were found by one Efren Martinez under a parked passenger jeepney along Don E. Ejercito Street, Barangay Tibagan, San Juan City.

Senior Supt.  Jose G. Rivera,  the acting Chief of Police of the San Juan City Police Station, said that base on information provided by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory, the young girl, whose  parents are homeless, died from a blunt traumatic injury to her abdomen that damaged her liver.

Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) also found pubic hair on the victim’s private part, an indication that the victim could have been raped by the suspect before being killed.

The Eastern Police District (EPD) under Chief Supt. Abelardo Villacorta, has welcomed the cash reward. Rivera said it could help efforts to arrest the suspect.

Based on a close-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage taken near the area where the victim was possibly molested and killed, the male suspect is about 30 to 40-year-old and was wearing a stripe shirt and denim shorts at the time he was seen carrying the child.

Rivera urged the public who has knowledge of the whereabouts of the suspect to help police with their ongoing probe.