By Eldie S. Aguirre
Digos City Bureau Chief .
The Digos City social welfare office is set to file a murder charge against a male teenager who allegedly stabbed to death a 47-year-old widow and injured her nine-year-old son in Barangay Zone-2, this city early this month, a welfare executive said over the weekend.
Local DSWD chief Felomina Navidad, said Noynoy (not his real name) is facing charges before the court for killing Analiza Cabigas Molde and critically wounding her son.
The killer, whose name was withheld, is currently under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, according to Navidad.
Navidad said Molde sustained multiple stab wounds in different parts of her body, while her son sustained a fatal wound to the neck.
Navidad said, the police immediately arrested the suspect hours after the crime was committed since he lived few meters away from the crime scene.
Navidad said the social welfare office has established discernment on the part of the suspect which prompted them to file the charges to the court.
While waiting for the court decision, Navidad said the suspect was placed at the halfway home along with more than 30 other children being watched by 12 social workers divided into three eight-hour shifts.
Navidad said the halfway home houses children in conflict with the law and other special concerns which are under the supervision of DSWD.
“If the court will convict the suspect who is a minor during the time of the trial, the verdict will be suspended until he reaches legal age,” Navidad explained.
The suspect will remain under DSWD until he will reached 18 years old where a retrial will be conducted to determine if he has already reformed or getting worse.
Navidad admitted, prior to the incident the suspect was already reporting to the DSWD for acts in conflict with law but he became more violent.
“We recommended for the immediate transfer of the murder suspect to the rehabilitation center to avoid the occurrence of untoward incident inside the halfway home,” she said.
She said two murder charges against minors were filed awaiting decision from the court.
“His presence will pose a threat to them and the social workers due to the severity of the crime he committed,” Navidad said.