Farmer, 74, beheaded, son-suspect arrested PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 June 2016 11:46


A 74-year-old farmer was killed and beheaded allegedly by his own son who was arrested by the police at Sitio Migasa, Capisan last Thursday morning.

Supt. Haywien Salvado, Sta. Maria Police Station said the body and the severed head of Cesar Vicente Bernardo were found only a few meters apart near his son’s house at Migasa. The amount of P300,000 in his possession was missing and believed to have been taken by the killer.

Police arrested Bernardo’s son Roderico Guzman Bernardo, 40, and detained him at the City Jail. He was earlier jailed for physical injury after he attempted to burn his son to death. It was his father who posted the bail bond for his temporary liberty.

Initial investigation disclosed that Cesar and Roderico, who was staying in another house, were seen walking towards their farmland in Upper Capisan early Thursday morning. But around 11 a.m., Roderico claimed, he found the body of his father without the head along a pathway.

The P300,000 stuffed in the victim’s bag was found missing.

During a follow-up operation at Roderico’s house, policemen saw bloodstains on his bolo and on the wall of the house prompting the police to arrest him.

Roderico denied the accusation against him saying that he and his father parted way while heading for their farmland.

He said that it could be other persons who killed and robbed his father using his bolo to frame him up.

Police said that Cesar used to carry anywhere he goes his P300,000 as it was his income and saving out of their vegetable crops and  livestocks in the farm.

Cesar was planning to buy a truck to bring vegetables and other agricultural products to the market.

Roderico was detained at the Sta. Maria Police Station while the bolo was forwarded to the 9th PNP Crime Laboratory for examination. – Dan Toribio