Gay slays unsolved in Pampanga

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    CITY OF SAN FERNANDO— Two recent grisly murders on gays in Pampanga have gone unsolved.

    The latest victim, 20-yearold Anthony Ambrosio, was buried last week without having any suspect named or arrested, a check with his family and the police showed.

    The fourth year high school student was found dead in a vacant lot in Purok 1 in Barangay Balite in this Pampanga capital last March 7, without underwear and pants and with 18 stab wounds from what initially appeared as an ice pick.

    One of the stabs was below the jaw, piercing through his right cheek. His neck was slashed. His cellphone was missing.

    Ambrosio’s mother, Estelita, denied reports that her son’s penis was cut off.

    She said he must have been “napagtripan (a victim by drug addicts with violent streak).”

    Estelita last saw her son, the youngest in a brood of eight, on Friday night before he went to an Internet shop to do research for a project in school. She said he did not have a boyfriend.

    The San Fernando police have not yet released a report on the autopsy done on Ambrosio. An earlier victim, Elijah Mark Canlas, was also thrown in a vacant lot in Barangay Sto. Rosario Pau in Sto. Tomas town last Jan. 7.

    Canlas, 17, took in 57 stab wounds. A damaged kitchen knife and two cigarette butts were found at the crime scene. His immediate kin and boyfriend said he had no known enemies.

    Estelita and Canlas’ brother Jezreel were not quick to call the killings “hate crimes against gays.”

    Ambrosio and Canlas were known to be decent and kind.

    Danton Remoto, head of the Ang Ladlad partylist, said crimes done against gay deserve to be solved with dispatch like other offenses on citizens.

    The United Gay Power Movement, which is based in Angeles City, condemned the killings and urged the police to solve the cases.

    Ryan Guevarra, UGPM secretary, said these slays were “clearly violations of human rights.”

    Senior Supt. Rodolfo Recomono, Pampanga police chief, did not reply when asked for data on crimes against LGBT (Lesbians, Gay, Bisexuals and Transgender) in the province.

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