Police have shot dead a man who went on a stabbing spree in a Pasay City condominium on the evening of 30 August 2017; he left five people dead and four others wounded.
Eyewitnesses report that Alberto Garan, 36, went on a stabbing spree in the 25-storey Central Park Condominium, after a heated argument with his partner, Evelyn Sagun, 30, at around 6:30 in the evening. Sagun was repeatedly stabbed then thrown into the stairwell from the 16th floor. Sagun’s body was later retrieved from the building’s basement.
Garan then turned on other tenants of the condominium, killing three more—including an 12-year-old girl he encountered in a hallway. The girl, who had been on her way home from school, was wrapped in a blanket by other tenants and was rushed to the hospital, but she was later pronounced dead. Seven others were wounded in Garan’s rampage, and two died from their wounds. The victims:
- Emelyn Sagun, 30
- Daisery Castillo, 12
- Joel Palacios, 70
- Ligaya Dimapilis, 36
- Letecia Ecsiagan, in her 50s
- Belcris Elorde
- April Joy Sagarino
- Arlyn Dian Cordero
- Margie Morales
One of the casualties, Joel Palacios, was a former journalist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer and was a former spokesperson of the Social Security System until his retirement in 2012. He was rushed to the Pasay General Hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Authorities declared the building on lockdown and launched search teams when Garan disappeared into the top floors of the building. After a five-hour search and a standoff, responding police officers cornered Garan at the 22nd floor, and used deadly force. A .38 caliber revolver was in Garan’s possession, along with the knife he used in his rampage.
National Capital Region Police Office Chief Oscar Albayalde, who was on the scene, told media that room-clearing was made difficult due to the building standing dark: “There’s no CCTV and many of the lights were busted.”