Filipino expat who came home from Dubai stabbed dead in Philippine hometown

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Picture for illustrative purposes only. CATBALOGAN POLICE

Details have emerged on the murder of a Filipino expat from Dubai who was stabbed dead in his Philippine hometown in Catbalogan, Samar, Expat Media has learnt.

The victim was identified as 57-year-old Rolando J (full name withheld), also known as Lucky. He recently returned to the Philippines from Dubai where he worked.

Police said that Lucky was found dead with multiple stab wounds next to his motorcycle near Perseveranda Memorial Park at 1:45am on Saturday (July 7). Forensic investigators said that the victim sustained 17 stab wounds.

Police have arrested a suspect, an 18-year-old youth who knew the victim. Investigators used CCTV footage and conversations on the victim’s mobile phone to identify and track down the suspect in his rented home in Catbalogan within 24 hours of the murder. The suspect hails from the Birawan village of Daram municipality in Samar province.

Police did not release details about the suspect’s identity but said he has confessed to the crime, and also led police to where he hid the knife that he used in the attack. Police seized from his possession cash, a gold necklace and ring, and a gold watch that he took from the victim at the crime scene.

Initial investigation revealed that the suspect was riding pillion on the victim’s motorcycle when he stabbed the latter with a knife to the back. The handle of the knife reportedly broke from the force of the attack. The victim then fell to the ground, while the suspect continued to stab him with the blade.

The suspect allegedly harbored a grudge after Lucky failed to give him a gift that he promised for his birthday, broadcaster Rene Castino of RJFM radio station quoted police as telling media. Three people who were with Lucky on the night before the murder also testified, saying they last saw him before he returned to his home at around 10:30pm to get money and to meet the suspect.

Samar Police Provincial Office Director Police Colonel Antonieto Mendoza and Catbalogan City Police Chief Lt. Col. Darryl Chua, who led the investigation, have been lauded for their quick action in solving the case and arresting the suspect.

Condolences pour in for slain Filipino expat from Dubai

Meanwhile, condolences have poured in for Lucky, who was also known as Mamu to friends in Dubai. Lucky was a long-time resident of Dubai and had stayed in Al Muraqqabat where he was frequently seen with friends.

“Mamu we will miss you and the times we spent in Al Muraqqabat day and night. Farewell, Mamu,” a Filipina commented in a tribute post on Facebook.

Nancy, who met Lucky while he sold homemade food on the streets, told Expat Media that the Filipino had a great personality. “He was friendly to everyone, including non-Filipinos. He even let me try his e-bike,” Nancy told Expat Media.

“Thank you for your kind heart, uncle Lucky. We are all heartbroken. I will pray for your eternal peace. We love you. I will miss you,” Cristina Reyes wrote on Facebook.

“He was very helpful to his family and to other people. Rest in peace, Lucky. I hope you will get justice. You will be missed,” Amaal Martin said in Filipino. ICA/Expat Media

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