(Metro News) 17-year-old boy stabbed dead in Manila North Cemetery

November 2, 2010 11:10 am 

MANILA, Nov. 1 — A 17-year-old boy collecting melted candles inside the Manila North Cemetery was mauled and stabbed to death allegedly by four street gang members on the eve of All Saints’ Day commemoration.

As a result, the Manila Police District (MPD) has heightened its security patrol inside the cemetery.

Chief Superintendent Roberto Rongavilla, MPD officer-in-charge, ordered the deployment of some 500 policemen to secure the cemeteries in the city.

Rongavilla also tapped the help of 1,000 volunteers, traffic enforcers and barangay watchmen.

Police identified the victim as John Kelvin Dinglasan, of No. 175 Labo St., Barangay Paang Bundok, La Loma, Quezon City. He died on the spot due to two stab wounds in the body and severe injuries caused by heavy beating.

Police have launched a hunt for at least four members of the notorious “M-Town” street gang.

Reports said Dinglasan and his friends were collecting melted candles when the suspects approached them at 11 p.m. Sunday on 1st St., Manila North Cemetery, Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Without warning, the street gang members beat them. The victim and his friends were able to run and scampered in different places, but Dinglasan was later cornered by four men who mauled and stabbed him.

Ferdie Pamintuan, one of Dinglasan’s companions, shouted for help that called the attention of the barangay officials in a nearby Bantay Bayan outpost.

When authorities responded, the four attackers were already gone, leaving the victim dead and sprawled on the pavement.

Rongavilla said law enforcers are all eyes on four major cemeteries in the city –- North, South, La Loma and Chinese –- during the commemoration of the All Saints' and All Souls' Days.

Meanwhile, the MPD–District Tactical Operations Center (DTOC) reported that as of 12 noon, there were already 120,000 who had visited their loved ones inside the North Cemetery.

The crowd estimate at the South Cemetery was placed at 30,000 while there were 3,700 at the Chinese Cemetery and 8,000 at the La Loma Cemetery. (PNA) scs/JES

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