Arsonist hunted PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 December 2011 17:47

A man was placed under police manhunt after he set the house of his neighbor on fire in Barangay Patalon last Tuesday night.

The suspect was identified as Joan Paseonela y Sta. Ana, a native of RT Lim municipality, Zamboanga Sibugay.

A police report disclosed that Paseonela set the house of Wilson Cortez on fire around 7 p.m.

Initial investigation showed that a witness identified as Rico Flores y Ramirez of Patalon saw Paseonela armed with a bolo and bringing a plastic container filled with kerosene around 7 p.m. and proceeded to Cortez’ house.

Moments later, Paseonela poured the kerosene on Cortez’ house then lighted it.

Flores told the police that when he saw Paseonela set the house of Cortez on fire, he and his companions chased him and tried to collar him but he was able to escape.
Police added that Cortez and Paseonela had figured in a heated argument before the burning of the house.

Authorities estimated the damage at P150,000 as the entire house was razed. — Dan Toribio Jr.