Ecija family massacre survivor out of danger

Published April 22, 2018, 5:51 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Ariel Avendaño

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija — Annalyn Caballero, the wounded survivor in the family massacre in San Leonardo, this province last Friday, is out of danger and in stable condition.

Nueva Ecija (Google Maps / MANILA BULLETIN)
Nueva Ecija (Google Maps / MANILA BULLETIN)

Dr. Fausto B. Mallari, the duty physician in-charge of monitoring the condition of Caballero on Sunday, said she is still recuperating from the 15-cm wound in the left side of her head, but close monitoring is needed to avoid infection.

Police said the 19-year-old Caballero may well be the most vital witness against Jessie Tesoro, the 34-year-old suspect who used a bolo in attacking her and killing six members of her family.

The attack happened at 4 a.m. last Friday inside their rented house in Barangay Tambo-Adorable in San Leonardo while the victims were fast asleep.

Killed were Tesoro’s live-in partner Jennifer Cariaga, 24; and their housemates Leonila Caballero, 48, mother of Annalyn; Annalyn’s siblings Sergio, 29; Amy, 12; and Joshua, 10; and Sonny Custodio.

Probers said Tesoro was in a fit of drunken rage, following a quarrel with Cariaga the previous night.

Tesoro was arrested by police in a follow-up operation in Tarlac later the same day and has been charged with multiple murder and frustrated murder.

“I might not have done it if I was not under the influence of liquor,” Tesoro was quoted by police as saying in Filipino.

Two children who were in the house during the attack – Judy Ann Cariaga, 5; and Shane Custodio, 1 – were unharmed.

“I really spared the two kids because I know they cannot testify against me,” probers quoted the suspect as having told them.