MANILA - The suspect in last week's killing of a 12-year-old girl in Barangay Barit, Candaba, Pampanga was arrested by police authorities during the victim's wake on Monday evening.
The suspect was identified as Jovany Endrino, 33, an uncle of victim Roshelle Lingal. Endrino is the husband of Lingal's aunt.
Police said investigation showed that Lingal just came from a school field trip and was on her way home on Friday evening when he bumped into Endrino.
Candaba police chief Supt. Crisente Tiguelo said Endrino then killed the girl.
"Pinukpok sa ulo, tinusok ang mata. Hindi naman nagahasa ang bata," Tiguelo said.
Lingal's dead body was later found in a vacant lot.
The suspect, who was arrested during the wake of the victim on Monday, admitted that he killed Lingal.
Endrino said he killed her because of his anger at the victim's father, Esteban.
Police said confiscated from Endrino was a sachet of shabu. -- Report from Jasfer Pamintuan, ABS-CBN News Pampanga