MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/18 November) One of three suspects of
the slaying of Bukidnon State University instructor Jay Jaspher
Santoninio is still at large a year later, Jonally Santoninio, the
victim’s father told Bukidnon News today.
Santoninio was robbed and stabbed to death on November 18, 2010,
meters away from their residence by three suspects, one of them behind
bars, another one reported killed, and the third still at large.
Santoninio said they have so far received partial justice for the
slaying with main suspect, Michael Abellanosa, arrested by National
Bureau of Investigation agents eight days after, is in jail after he
pleaded guilty of robbery resulting to homicide.
Regional Trial Court Branch 8 Judge Pelagio Estopia sentenced
Abellanosa with reclusion perpetua or lifetime imprisonment on
February 1, 2011.
One of Abellanosa’s suspected accomplices, Michael Payangga, was
reported killed along with another victim earlier this year.
A third suspect, Jonex Tinggoy, has remained free and was reported to
be sighted in Impasug-ong, in Malaybalay, and in Kilabong, Sumilao,
He said the family was able to get about 60 percent justice so far
while they pray and hope the third suspect will be placed behind bars
But justice is still elusive for other victims in Bukidnon, Santoninio added.
Santoninio said his family is only one among many families who
suffered injustice. He appealed for authorities to beef up efforts to
prevent criminality and find justice for the victims.
“Let his (Santoninio’s) death be an eye opener that no more parents
would have to suffer the pain and struggle we have been through to
search for justice,” Santoninio said via telephone.
Santoninio’s family, colleagues, friends, and students attended a mass
at his grave in the Shepherds Meadow in Sumpong Malaybalay Friday
morning to commemorate the first anniversary of his death.
He was a 30-year old instructor at the then BSU College of Business
Administration, Accountancy, and Information Technology (CBAAIT), now
College of Business Administration, Hospitality, and Public
Governance. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)