Farmer dies from ‘killer’ punch

August 26, 2019

A POWERFUL punch killed a 55-year-old farmer in Balud, Masbate on Sunday, a Police Regional Office 5 report said yesterday.

An investigation showed that victim Jerito Refil, a resident of Barangay Casamongan in Balud engaged his neighbor Nercar Laurio,46, in a fistfight at the height of their drinking session inside their common friend’s house around 6 p.m.

PRO5 director Brigadier General Arnel B. Escobal said  a local police investigation showed that the two and their friend Jerry Hernal were drinking  at the latter’s residence when they suddenly engaged in an argument. The two later threw punch at each other until a powerful punch thrown by Laurio hit the victim’s left jaw killing him on the spot. The victim was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Balud Municipal Hospital.

After the incident, the suspect surrendered to village chief Cecilia Villalobos who immediately turned him over to the Balud Municpal Police Station. The suspect will be facing charges for homicide.