UP student attacked in USC office
by Victor Gregor Limon
A fourth year Political Science major is in critical condition at the surgical intensive care unit of Capitol Medical Center (CMC) after being attacked by a robber and three other accomplices at the UP Diliman (UPD) Univeristy Student Council (USC) office on February 1.
The student, Lordei Camille Anjuli Hina, may have been hit with an ice pick just above the left temple, fracturing her skull and knocking her unconcious, according to medical reports by CMC doctors.
The UPDP was able to arrest one of the suspects, Carlo Pecayo, 35, and a resident of Antipolo, Rizal, a few minutes after the crime. Pecayo is now detained at the Quezon City Police District Station 9 while the QCPD is also conducting a manhunt for Pecayo’s accomplices who are still at large. One of them was identified as Dante Santos, also a resident of Antipolo, while the other two are still unidentified.
Hina’s bag, two laptops, and an ice pick was recovered from Pecayo, who could face charges of robbery and frustrated homicide, according to UPDP desk officer Cesar Oliquino.
Hina is also the secretary-general of UP student organization Center for Nationalist Studies (CNS).
According to Hina’s friend and fellow CNS member who requested anonymity, she was with Hina at around 12 PM at the USC office doing some paperwork, when Pecayo and Santos arrived at the office and introduced themselves as members of an organization of tattoo artists. The men said they would like to apply for a booth for their organization in the upcoming UP Fair.
After Hina and her friend gave Pecayo and Santos the phone number of the USC’s officer-in-charge for UP Fair booths, the two men left the office. At around 2 PM, however, Pecayo returned and claimed that he would just wait outside the office for the USC’s officer-in-charge whom he said he had already contacted.
Hina’s friend decided to go downstairs to buy food at around 2:30 PM, and Hina was left alone at the USC office. At around 3 PM, Hina’s friend began receiving text messages from Hina saying Pecayo was in the USC office again, asking questions. “Umakyat ka na rito. Andito na naman si kuya. Ang dami niyang tanong, hindi ko naman alam,” read one of the messages.
At around 3:30 PM, Hina’s friend returned to the USC office. Hina however was not answering the door and the office was locked. “Akala ko baka nakatulog lang kaya hindi sumasagot. Bumaba ako para magtanong kung may nakakita sa kanya. Tapos humiram ako ng susi sa [isang member ng] USC,” she said.
When she was able to get inside the office, she saw Hina sprawled on the floor, her face and upper body drenched in blood. “Sa tabi niya, may nakita akong significant na [piraso ng bakal],” she said.
Hina’s friend and other students then helped to bring Hina to the UP Health Service. “Humihinga pa naman siya pero halos hindi siya gumagalaw,” Hina’s friend said.
According to Vinzons Hall security guard Gerry Docto, he saw Pecayo leaving Vinzons Hall at around 3:15 PM, carrying a backpack. “Wala naman siyang dala nung umakyat siya kaya sinita ko siya,” Docto said.
When Docto asked to inspect the backpack, Pecayo started running and hailed a taxi cab. Docto fortunately took down the taxi’s plate number and reported it to the UPDP. Roving guards then intercepted the taxi cab along Guerrero Street in front of Asian Center.
According to UPD Chief Security Officer Elvin Ebreo, Pecayo’s mobile phone is also in police custody and serves as a primary means of tracking down the suspect’s two other accomplices. Meanwhile, UP has stepped up its security measures on campus, especially at Vinzons Hall.
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