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Playmate killed over 5-peso spider bet

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In the town of Binalbagan of Negros Occidental two minors ended up dead  after arguing over a 5-peso bet in “labanang gagamba” or spider wrestling.

A Peter(not his real name),15, reportedly killed his playmate, 13-year-old "Juan" (not his real name), after losing to a 5-peso bet to the victim last Monday.

According to some probers, "Peter" asked  the help of his cousin and uncle to bury Juan’s body and cover up the crime.

“Tinakot niya pa ang isa niyang pinsan at tiyuhin na tulungan daw siya paglibing at itago ang krimen at hindi magsumbong dahil kung isusumbong nila, papatayin din sila," said Senior Inspector Gary Alan Resuma, Binalbagan police chief.

On Wednesday, Juan’s body was later discovered at a shallow grave in Santol Village.

Hearing of the incident, Juan’s father quickly  went to the suspect’s house for confrontation but ended up hacking Peter to death.

Police seized Juan’s father after the killing.

“Hindi ko sana sadyang gagantihan pero galit na galit talaga ako," said Juan’s father.

Meanwhile, Peter’s father refused to press charges, declaring he has accepted his son’s fate.

Village officials promised that steps are being made to quell the dispute between the two families.

“Gagawan na lang sila namin ng agreement sa barangay. Palalagdain ang magkabilang panig na wala nang sama ng loob para hindi na magpapatuloy ang gulo sa magkabilang grupo," said village chief Eugene Ogatis.

According to police, currently they have are pushing through with the campaign against illegal gambling, including in spider wrestling.

They admitted it was difficult to halt the activity since most of those involved in spider wrestling are minors.


Photo source: ABS-CBN news