Mom against Surigao burial of two kids

The grieving mother of two children killed by her former boyfriend in a rented apartelle want to bury her children in Cebu and not in Surigao.

Bernardita Bolster, 38, said her children Christoph von Bolster, 10, and Christy Mae Tapal, 5, were very close.

“Close kaayo na sila di na sila magbuwag (They were very close. They will not be separated),” Bernardita said.

Felix Ortiz, 35, a former boyfriend who committed suicide after killing the children inside The Apartelle, was from Surigao.

Ortiz was the father of Christy Mae. Christoph was the son of Bernardita’s late German husband.

Bernardita said she could not accept the deaths of her children.

“Kung nakasala ko niya, ako nalang unta to ang gipatay, wa niya angina ang duha ka mga bata (If I had hurt him, he should have killed me and not the children),” Bernardita said.

Bernardita found Ortiz, Christoph and Christy Mae dead on Monday inside The Apartelle on Escario Street, Barangay (village) Camputhaw.

Dr. Nestor Sator, medico-legal officer of the police crime laboratory, said the children died of asphyxia through suffocation.

Both children were found with plastic bags covering their heads.

Bernardita said she did not know why Ortiz killed the children and then himself.

She, however, admitted that she had told Ortiz to leave her alone.

“Ako siya giingnan nga pangita nalang og lain kay bata pa siya, makakita paka og maayo pa nako (I told him to find another woman. He's still young and he can still find somebody better than me),” Bernardita said.

She defended herself against reports that she was accompanied by a German boyfriend when she arrived in Cebu last December 27.

“Granting that I have a German boyfriend, it's not wrong because I'm not married to Ortiz,” Bernardita said.

Bernardita said they were supposed to celebrate his son's birthday on Monday.

Cebu City police had not considered the case close yet although the killing was motivated by jealousy.

“Sugo sa kasingkasing (An order from the heart),” was how Senior Inspector Mario Monilar, chief of Cebu City homicide section, described the rampage.

Mandaue murder

Mandaue City police are looking for two tricycle drivers who could be possible suspects in the killing of Maria Jocelyn Mendoza, 40, inside her house in barangay Cabancalan, Mandaue City last Sunday morning.

Police could not find the tricycle drivers but Inspector George Aninon of the Mandaue homicide section urged the two drivers to come forward and clear their names.

Aninon said both men were not yet considered as suspects.

“We are just inviting them to shed light on the incident.” he said.

Aninon said the drivers’ possible link to the crime was considered because of their location when the crime happened and their reputation in the barangay.

One of the drivers was seen by a neighbor sleeping inside a tricycle owned by the Mendozas about 4 a.m. on Sunday.

Mendoza was killed at about 6 a.m. that day.

The driver's cousins later told police that he went home about 10 a.m. to get some things in the house and left a few minutes after.

The driver is from a northern town and was staying with his cousins who live at the back of the Mendoza's house.

The other driver's name surfaced because of his reputation as a toughie in the area.

Cabancalan barangay Captain Coregidor Cosedo even ordered his tanods to check where this toughie driver was but they could not find him. (Correspondent Chito O. Aragon and Reporter Dale G. Israel, Cebu Daily News)

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