Man wanted for in-laws’ slay yields

A MAN wanted for the murder of his mother-in-law  and one of the woman’s daughters last April 17 inside their house in San Jose City in Nueva Ecija has surrendered to the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group, officials said yesterday.

Suspect Edmyr Balimbin said he was bothered by his conscience when he surrendered to face the murder charges filed against him in connection with the killing of Gina Garcia, the mother of his wife, an overseas Filipino worker and the latter’s sister, 16-year old Jenny Grace.

The suspect was also charged with frustrated murder after he also attacked and nearly killed another sister-in-law identified as Karen Rosete.

PNP-HPG director, Brigadier General Roberto B. Fajardo said that Balimbin went into hiding after his stabbing spree but later contacted a relative and voiced out his intention to surrender. In turn, the suspect’s relative contacted a friend, Staff Sergeant Erwin Requinala, a Rider from the HPG National Capital Region’s Motorcycle Unit stationed in Camp Crame.

Requinala relayed the information to his superiors who asked him to talk with the suspect and persuade him to peacefully surrender to face the charges against him.

After several talks, the suspect surrendered to PNP-HPG officials early morning Monday.

Balimbin claimed that he committed the killings after a heated exchange of word with the victims whom he accused of failing to give him the money being sent by his wife abroad to help support their two children.

“They (victims) were pocketing the money being sent by my wife, even the money for our children,” he said in the vernacular.