12-year-old boy caught outside his house and chased by tanods, dies

Published April 19, 2021, 1:55 PM

by Dhel Nazario

Life was cut short for a 12-year-old-boy in Pasay City who was chased by village watchmen after being caught outside of his home, a belated police report said.

(Screengrab from CCTV Footage from Pasay PNP / MANILA BULLETIN)
(Screengrab from CCTV Footage from Pasay PNP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Pasay City Police Chief Col. Cesar Paday-os said the child was identified as John Dave Pepito. Authorities are still investigating the cause of his death.

According to the police report, the incident occurred last April 14 at 3:40 p.m. along St Peter St.,corner Mulawin St., Brgy 179, Pasay City.

Village watchmen identified as Relan Maquiling and Arturo Rontos from Barangay 184 were inside the barangay hall when they received a call from concerned citizens about a group of minors who were playing along the streets of St. Peter.

A witness, identified as Jaylord Zuniega, said in a sworn statement that he saw Maquiling and Rontos chase Pepito, who later collapsed.

The two watchmen rushed the boy to the San Pablo Health Center in Maricaban, Pasay City and was later transferred to the Protacio Hospital in Tambo, Paranaque City where he was later declared dead on arrival at 4:10 p.m.

On Sunday (April 18), the police report disclosed that investigators tried to interview the boy’s parents.

In a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage provided by Paday-os, it can be seen that a child, said to be Pepito, was walking with a man, allegedly one of the tanods. In the video, the child suddenly ran and the man in yellow chased after him.