Pastor, partner slain in Cagayan de Oro

Posted at 03/22/11 11:48 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – A Christian pastor and his live-in partner were stabbed dead early Tuesday morning in Cagayan de Oro.

The bloodied bodies of Teodoro Badilla, 60, a pastor of the Jesus Christ is the Answer church and his live in partner, businesswoman Margarita Chan, 66, were discovered inside their home in Barangay 32.

Police arrested the suspect identified as Jayjay Tupia, the victims’ neighbor.

Barangay Tanod Munic Ruba said the victim’s hands were bloodied when they got to the scene of the crime.

According to Tupia, the victim insulted him and made damaging comments about his religion.

However, Senior Inspector Bernard Colegio believed that the suspect is mentally unstable.

The victims’ house workers earlier said that Badilla was a pastor for the Jesus is Lord (JIL) church. 
A follow-up investigation revealed that Badilla served as a pastor for the Jesus Christ Is The Answer and not for the Jesus Is Lord (JIL) church. It was the victims’ house workers who earlier claimed that Badilla was a pastor for the JIL. 

Authorities are now readying charges against the suspect. With Lorenzo Luzon, ABS-CBN Northern Mindanao