‘Apple’ fell from wounds as leadership dispute ends in stabbing

Published September 9, 2019, 9:13 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Alexandria San-Juan

A woman who was allegedly stabbed to death over a dispute on drug group leadership was found in front of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) in Quezon City Sunday night.

Quezon City Police District’s Masambong Police Station (PS-2) chief, Lt. Col. Rodrigo Soriano, identified the victim by her nickname “Apple,” described to be in her early 30s, with a flower tattoo on her left arm and a tribal tattoo on her lower back.

In an initial investigation, a witness told probers that he was inside his house around 9:30 p.m. when he heard Apple screaming.

Upon checking, he saw the bloodied victim running in an alley towards Agham Road where she fell on the ground and died due to multiple stab wounds on her body.

This prompted the witness to report the incident to authorities who found Apple’s body slumped in front of PSHS along Agham Road in Barangay Bagong Pag-asa.

Police said Apple was included in the Directorate for Intelligence drug watchlist and a member of a drug group previously led by a certain Gilbert Marbella, alias “Gambit,” who died in a shootout with cops last September 6.

Marbella was the eighth most wanted person in Quezon City whose group was involved in a series of robbery hold-up and proliferation of illegal drugs within the area of PS-2 and nearby places.

Prior to Apple’s death, cops said she and three other members of the group had a meeting to discuss who will lead the group resulting in a heated argument.

Probers are yet to determine who stabbed the victim as a manhunt operation is now ongoing against Apple’s three companions