City of Malolos Mayor Christian Natividad advises youth gang members batch after batch not to get involve in criminal activities and just enioy life at their young age while they are attending classes, spending time with friends and gang members doing productive things. Photo by Anton Luis Catindig

CITY OF MALOLOS–More than 1,500 youth ages 12-17 who are members of different gangs in this city are now closely being watched by officials after five of them have been arrested over the killing of a Person With Disability (PWD) including involvement in different criminal activities. 

Joshua Paolo Magsakay, 18; Hadjie Nhor, 24, alyas ” Aladin Tumambiling” and Edwin Edora Estrella, 22, alias “Wenden” and five Children In Conflict with the Law (CICL) were arrested for stabbing to death Christopher Velasco, 32, a PWD from Barangay San Gabriel last Jan. 1. 

Velasco, who has been mentally disrupted for years went out for a walk after hearing loud sounds of firecrackers on new year revelry. The suspects who then saw him in Barangay Sto. Nino at about 5:30 a.m. suddenly made fun of him and stabbed him to death. 

Natividad told mediamen that Velasco died instantly from numerous stab wounds on his chest and at the back of his body with the use of an ice pick.

Police Captain Ernesto Clemente, Chief, Intellingence and Investigation Section of Malolos police said accounts of five witnesses and Close Circuit Television (CCTV) identifed the eight suspects. 

Clemente however would not give the exact ages of the five minors.

“Malakas ang loob nila gumawa ng krimen dahil iniisip nila hindi sila makukulong. Ipapadala ko sila sa Tanglaw Pag-asa,” (They always thought they could do away with being held and imprisoned because of their young ages. But, I will send them to Tanglaw Pag-asa), the mayor said.

The mayor said the city government will send the five CICL to Tanglaw Pag-asa juvenile delinquent center of the Bulacan Provinvial Government. 

“These are the youth we have today. The ones said will be the future of our nation. Immagine the kind of future if we will not strictly watch and guide them today,” Natividad said.

Police and village watchmen now strictly man major roads and remote areas in all the 51 villages under  stiffer curfew implementation from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. 

Natividad met the 70 leaders of 22 identified gangs– Malolos Bad Child, Go Smoke Merry, Bardagulan, OG Hood, 2Packs, Mafia Northville, Solid Barakuda Fam, Smoke Gang Sabitan, 4 Joints, 3 Joints, 2 Joints, 1 Joint in Barangay Bangkal, Tropamilya also in Bangkal, 2 RK Zordek, Trippings, TNF-Planta, Bangus-Tilapia-Galunggong, 4K, Tres Barakuda, El Jubis, 14K and Malolos $Shits$$ including their parents and guardians on Wednesday and disuade them from getting involved in criminal activities. 

Many among the members of the said youth gangs have been involved in robberies, theft, arson, physical injuries and other offenses and have records in their respective barangays. They have either returned to classes or have remained out of school youth. 

Natividad provided lap tops and assure weekly allowances to members who are enrolled as junior and sernior high school students. The mayor also assureed parents of the out of school youth gang members  of the city government’s help as he encouraged them to send their children to school and also the youth themselves to enroll for a formal education to ensure a better future.