2 HS students suspects in killing of teacher–mayor

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/ 21 January)—Authorities have identified two high school students as suspects in the killing of a 26-year old public school teacher in M’lang, North Cotabato, Mayor Joselito Pinol said.

Murder charges would be filed against them today (Monday) for the death of Shernan Mark de Eyoy Duerme, he said.

Pinol said the suspects are both fourth year high school students of M’lang National High School-Annex in Barangay Lepaga, who allegedly got irked  when they were scolded by the victim a week ago during the Citizens’ Army Training (CAT).

Duerme, who was the school’s CAT commandant, was on board his Honda XR200 motorcycle when the suspects, also on board another motorcycle, shot him last Thursday along the highway in Barangay Bagontapay, M’lang.

Pinol did not identify the suspects because they are minors.

One of the suspects allegedly is the son of a notorious criminal hiding in a village near the Ligawasan Marsh, the mayor said.

Based on the recent police investigations, the suspects were once reprimanded by Duerme when they were caught bringing a gun inside the campus.

“What was so frustrating at that time was that the teacher failed to report it to the police or to the barangay for immediate action.  Mr. Duerme thought it was just a situation which he could handle on his own,” Pinol said.

Both suspects remain at large and are subjects of police manhunt. (Malu Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)