Teens face murder charges in Makati stabbing

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 15) Five teenagers were charged with murder for the alleged gang-related stabbing of a student from San Antonio High School, Makati Police chief Senior Superintendent Gerardo Umayao said Thursday.

"Ang update po natin dito ay nafile-an na natin sila ng case ng murder and frustrated murder," Umayao told CNN Philippines' Balitaan.

[Translation: Our update here is we filed the cases of murder and frustrated murder against them.]

Eighteen-year-old John Ernest Rivera y Canseco, a resident of Barangay La Paz in Makati, succumbed to multiple stab wounds outside his school on February 9.

According to a Makati government statement, the police arrested three suspects: Kyle Joves y Sumayod, Ryugene Yoshioka, and Jigo Guerzon, all 16 years old. Two 19-year-olds, Jim Leo Vilanaba y Reganion and Earlberth Solera, surrendered Saturday.

Police recovered a fan knife and folding knife, each about 10 inches long, during the operation.

The local government said an eyewitness recounted Rivera went to school after learning members of the Youth Scorpion Fraternity were waiting there.

One of the fraternity members allegedly punched Rivera, who was stabbed in a brawl. He was declared dead on arrival at the Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila at around 5:20 p.m.

Umayao said their unit, the local government, and the Department of Education were working to identify alleged gangs in school to curb violence among the youth.

Makati Mayor Abby Binay condemned the killing in a statement on Monday.

"It is very alarming that some of the alleged suspects are minors... Let us all be vigilant against potential threats to residents, especially the youth, and immediately notify the authorities to prevent them from causing harm on anyone," she said.

Reports of threats to residents can be directed to the Makati Police or the My Makati Facebook page.