An alleged unpaid debt amounting to more than P2 million led to a stabbing incident that left two people wounded on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City Friday.
The Fairview Police Station 5 (PS5) of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said suspects Abraham Tan, 37, a businessman, and the latter’s employee Rogelio Farcon, 41, were arrested for stabbing Raymund Matabang, 38, and Vickson Villaroman, 20.
Based on an initial report from PS5, Tan had an unpaid P2 million debt to Matabang.
According to police, the suspects and the victims were on board a vehicle on their way to a bank in North Fairview around 11:45 a.m. when Tan and Farcon stabbed Matabang and Villaroman.
Police said that prior to the incident, the suspects were fetched by the victims before going to the bank, expecting that Tan would settle his debt.
“Di n’ya siguro kayang bayaran ‘yung utang n’ya kaya sinaksak n’ya po (Perhaps he couldn’t pay his debt that’s why he just stabbed the victims),” Lt. Col. Melchor Rosales, station commander of PS5, told reporters.
Police said Tan and Farcon tried to escape but were apprehended by responding officers along Commonwealth Ave.
In a video now circulating on social media, the responding lawmen carrying long firearms tried to pacify one of the suspects, who was then armed with a knife, but to no avail.
The knife-wielding suspect also chased one of the cops until another officer hit him with a baton in his hands that led to his arrest.
The incident caused traffic jam in the area.
“Yung maximum tolerance… ‘yan po yung ini-implement namin. May karapatan naman po ‘yung police na ipagtanggol ‘yung kanyang sarili habang s’ya ay inaatake ng kutsilyo (We implemented maximum tolerance although our police officers had the right to defend themselves when the suspect was threatening them with knife),” Rosales added.