By FROILAN GALLARDO
Special Correspondent .
A JESUIT volunteer was killed while her companion was wounded after a thief they caught inside their cottage attacked them in Pangantucan town, Bukidnon on Friday.
S/Sgt. Michael Villasan of the Pangantucan police station said 24-year-old Genifer Buckly, a Jesuit Volunteer Program (JVP) teacher, and a resident of Pantalan, Guipos town, Zamboanga del Sur, died of multiple stab wounds in the chest and abdomen.
Villasan said her companion identified as Anne Kathleen Gatdula, 30, a lawyer from Quezon City, is confined at a local hospital with two stab wounds in her stomach and shoulder.
“Gatdula is still in shock and traumatized by the incident,” Villasan told Mindanao Gold Star Daily by phone.
Villasan said they have arrested a suspect identified as Arnold Naquilla, 36, a resident of Sto. Niño Village in Pangantucan town.
He said Buckly and Gatdula allegedly caught Naquilla stealing their belongings inside their cottage at the Jesuit-run Pangantucan Community High School where the two were teaching as volunteers.
Villasan said their investigation showed the suspect forcibly entered the cottage of the victims at around 1 pm Friday.
“We don’t know his motive but Naquilla stabbed the victims instead of surrendering,” Villasan said.
Villasan said Naquilla ran off after the incident. Later on, Villasan said they arrested Naquilla after he was identified by witnesses who saw him running away from the cottage.
He said they brought Naquilla to the hospital where Gatdula was recuperating but the victim was “too traumatized” to see the suspect.
Villasan said they instead brought a cartographic sketch of Naquilla to Gatdula for identification.
“Gatdula confirmed that Naquilla was the suspect but we know this is still circumstantial,” he said.
Villasan said they are hoping Gatdula would be well enough to publicly identify Naquilla.
Gatdula and Buckly are volunteer teachers at the Jesuit-run Pangantucan Community High School in Pangantucan town, Bukidnon.
Buckly, who is a member of the latest batch of JVP-Zamboanga chapter, has a BS-Secondary Education degree from Ateneo de Zamboanga University.
Villasan said members of the Jesuit Volunteer Program came to Pangantucan Saturday and brought the body of Buckly back to Zamboanga City.