By NITZ ARANCON
THE 32-year-old lesbian gas station worker who was found dead in a septic tank in Puntod on Saturday was raped.
Police said this even as they pressed rape with homicide charges against the primary suspect Daniel Bagubaldo.
The 41-year-old Bagubaldo of Misamis Oriental was arrested shortly after the police and relatives of victim Rachel Manahan found the decomposing body in a septic tank right smack in the middle of a vacant lot owned by the Tamparong family. The suspect served as a caretaker of the property.
EM/Sgt. Ricky Bagas of the Macabalan police station, said charges were filed against Bagubaldo before the City Prosecutor’s Office, and inquest proceedings were immediately started.
Police said Bagubaldo was identified through a CCTV recording that showed that he attacked Manahan while she was riding a bicycle on her way home from work on Monday night last week. The recording showed Manahan being struck and being drowned in a street gutter.
The naked body of Manahan, a lesbian, was fished out of dirty water, from the bottom of the septic tank. ABS-CBN reported that her killer put a rock on top of the body.
Bagas said Bagubaldo, who confessed to the crime, has been playing insane and has even gone to the extent of eating pieces of a box but no one is buying it.