MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A mother and her two children were brutally killed inside their home in Lumban, Laguna on Monday morning.
The victims were identified as Dolor Olarte, 13-year-old Kem Olarte and 9-year-old Arvy Olarte by Laguna police provincial director Supt. Gilbert Cruz.
The suspect, Alex Valenzuela, is now in the custody of police.
The bodies of the victims, which bore multiple stab wounds, were found inside the living room of their house in Gen. Luna St., Barangay Segunda Pulo, Lumban, Laguna by the police at around 11 am.
Authorities estimate that the victims were killed between 2 and 4 am.
The police are suspecting that robbery is behind the massacre, based on the ransacked house of the victims. – reports from Arnell Ozaeta and Ronilo Dagos, radio dzMM