Twins arrested for robbing, killing 4-year-old in Pampanga

A twin was arrested for allegedly killing a 4-year-old child in San Fernando, Pampanga.

According to authorities, the boy was left Tuesday after his mother fetched water, leaving him a cellphone. When the child returned to their place in Northville 14, it was gone.

The family found the child Wednesday night, but he was no longer alive. The victim was placed in an ecobag and thrown into the hay before being found with the help of a driver.

“Meron kasing isang driver na nakakita, siya ‘yung nagturo doon sa magulang, na nung Feb. 16 pa nawawala itong bata, nireport nga na nawawala. So nung nalaman nito ng tricycle driver, siya ‘yung nagsabi sa mga magulang na may nakita siya, na daladala nitong kambal na ito na plastic bag tas dinala dun sa damuhan tas dun daw itinapon,” said Police Lt. Col. Soledad Elefanio, of Police Regional Office 3 public information office.

(There was a driver who saw the victim. He was the one who led the parents there. The child was reported missing on February 16. So when the tricycle driver found out, he was the one who told the parents that he had seen something, that this twin was carrying a plastic bag and threw it on the grassy area.)

The driver pointed to twins John Mark and John Kevin Salonga, 18, who rode with him. They were the victim’s neighbor.

“Merong hot pursuit operation dahil dun sa witness na nakakita sa kanila na nagturo sa kanila,” said Elefanio.

Twins arrested for robbing, killing 4-year-old in Pampanga

(There was a hot pursuit operation since a witness saw them.)

The twins allegedly admitted that they needed money so they took the child’s cellphone.

“Parang inano nila ng towel yung bata, pero wala pa akong nakukuhang official result ng certificate ng bata,” said Elefanio.

(It appeared they killed the child with a towel but there is no official result yet from the child’s death certificate.)

The twins allegedly said they would use the money they would get from the cellphone for an “audition.”

The suspects have been detained at the San Fernando City Police Station.

They have also been charged with murder in relation to Republic Act 7610.