DLS stude rape-slay suspect held

A PRINCIPAL suspect in the rape-slay of a 21-year old senior student of the De La Salle College Lipa in Batangas City was arrested by the local police during a manhunt operation in Oriental Mindoro  on Tuesday, a report to Police Regional Office 4-A director, Brigadier General Edward E. Carranza said yesterday.

Jorge A. Benedicto was tracked down in his hiding place in Calapan, Victoria, Oriental Mindoro by a team of policemen from the Lipa City Police Station and the Victoria Municipal Police Station at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday, said Batangas Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Edwin A. Quilates.

The official said that the suspect was immediately escorted to the Lipa City Police Station where he is now being held facing charges for rape with homicide.

There were no other immediate details given on the circumstances surrounding the identity and arrest of the suspect in the killing of Fidex Therese Maranan, a 4th-year college student at De La Salle Lipa last May 17.

The victim was killed inside a room of their house in  Lourdes Street, Miracle Heights Subdivision in Antipolo del Norte, Lipa City.

Quilates said that the victim was covered with blanket and lying on the floor when discovered by her relative.

The victim was believed to have died as a result of a stab wound in the neck. She also had a head wound believed to have been a result of a blunt object which was used by her killer.

There was also a suspicion that the young victim could have been sexually abused by her attacker.  Investigators said that they are looking into the possibility that the victim tried to fight off her attacker prompting the latter to kill her.