By Aaron Recuenco
Police are now preparing a string of criminal charges against a Filipino-American contractor and at least one of his companions in connection with the alleged mauling and stabbing of basketball star Jeron Teng and his two other teammates from the Dela Salle University.
Chief Supt. Tom Apolinario, director of the Southern Police District (SPD), said they are now preparing all the evidence that would be used in the criminal cases against 40-year old Edmar Lacanlale and Williard Basili, 37.
“Cases of frustrated homicide and less serious physical injuries will be filed against the suspects,” said Apolinario, adding that the charges may be filed tomorrow.
Based on the initial investigation of the police, Teng and his two companions identified as Norberto Torres and Thomas Christopher Torres were heading to their car at around 2:30 a.m. when the incident happened near the Early Night Bar at the The Fort Strip in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
While walking in the area, Apolinario said Teng heard that the group of suspects were calling them, as the suspects recognized that they are players of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
The suspects reportedly got irked when they thought they were not given the attention they want from the group of Teng. It was then that one of the suspects said something against the group of Teng.
“The victims went back to confront the suspects and it resulted in a heated argument. Allegedly, the victims were punched and stabbed by the suspects using a ring knife,” said Apolinario, quoting a report of his men.
“The incident was pacified by the responding policemen and the suspects were arrested,” he added.
During a background check, it was found out that Lacanlale is a US citizen and connected to a construction firm operating in the country. The other suspect is a construction inspector in the same firm where Lacanlale works.
“We will be coordinating with the Bureau of Immigration to determine if his (Lacanlale) stay in the country is legal,” Apolinario said.
Initially, a certain Joseph Varona was included as a suspect but Apolinario said the investigators were able to establish that Varona was not included and was merely pacifying the fight.
Teng suffered deep cuts in the body along with Thomas Torres while Norberto Torres has a wound in the left arm.
All of them are reportedly in a stable condition at St. Luke’s Medical Center.