By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
Police are hunting a man who was tagged as the suspect in killing his fellow worker at a construction company through hitting his head with a steel pipe in Quezon City, early Wednesday.
Investigators of the Quezon City Police District identified the victim as Brian Acabal, 34, driver of Halcon Builders Construction Supply, while the suspect as Robert Radam, a helper in the same company.
It appears that Acabal and Radam were both stay-in employees at the office of a construction firm located along K-6 Street in Barangay East Kamias.
Initial investigation showed that witness Mark Abuan, co-worker of the suspect and victim, was about to get his mobile phone inside their office on the ground floor near the gate of the compound past 1 a.m.
However, Abuan said he was blocked by the suspect for an unknown reason.
The witness also noticed that there was a steel pipe beside Radam, but he insisted on entering their office.
While inside the room, Abuan saw Acabal still sleeping on the floor. He immediately gets his phone and went back to the second floor.
Minutes later, Abuan heard a loud thud coming from their office on the ground floor prompting him and his other co-worker to check what happened.
Abuan and his companion went to the room where they saw the lifeless body of Acabal with blood oozing from his head.
They immediately sought assistance from other employees who relayed the incident to authorities.
PO1 Christian Loyola, investigator on case, said that there was no recent fight or misunderstanding between the two as told by their co-workers.
The victim and the suspect just started working in the firm two months ago, police said.
Cursory examination of the body of the victim showed that he has a broken skull which resulted in his death.
Also recovered in the crime scene a steel pipe measuring at least 5.1 meters long that was believed to be used by the suspect.
Authorities are now conducting follow-up investigation while locating the suspect who escaped.