This house is where the siblings known as Chelle Marie, fifteen years old and Ahis, eleven years old, live. Together with their grandmother, Perla Montalvo, who raised them before their mother’s alleged boyfriend came into their lives and became their stepfather before the horrific crime happened in Purok Mangga, Landing, Brgy. Inawayan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.
The stepfather identified as Jessiebon Palumo who was with them in their house for just a few months is now being accused of killing and raping the victims.
Denisa Montalvo, an OFW in Saudi Arabia and the mother of the victims, met and had a relationship with Jessiebon only through Facebook, whom she trusted to be with her children under the same roof. The thing is she never meet this man in person and she immediately let him live with her kids.
According to the statement of Alfredo Aregidon, a friend of the suspect and there he revealed that he and Denisa had argued and that she wanted to end her relationship with him. “He told me that he and his wife were always fighting, that he was being kicked out instead of his wife coming home.”
According to Monaliza Arquibel, a relative, “They had a fight last night with the children’s mother who is in abroad. The suspect threatened to do something bad to the kids if she insist to end the relationship with him..
Lola Perla herself declared that her daughter sent her away so that her boyfriend could watch over the two girls until the heinous crime happened.
Even Jessiebon’s work colleagues couldn’t believe that he was capable of doing this.
According to his Foreman’s statement, “he is fine at work, there are no complaints. I did not see anything bad, we were surprised to find out that this is what happened. Maybe there is a problem in the family.
Right now, Jessiebon is behind bars who first fled to Banisal, North Cotabato but was caught with the help of Brgy. Captain Ehmad Sanlucan and the police fought after the manhunt operation they conducted.
By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter
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