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22 February 2024

Metro Manila jeepney drivers’ deadly fight over girl

By Correspondent

MANILA: This tragedy that struck on Saturday in Metro Manila’s Pasay City is as old as humankind: love triangle

Police are now hunting for AF, 36, after he allegedly stabbed to death Johnny Villaruel, 44, at the corner of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue and in front of Guanzon Motors, in the said city.

Police reports said that AF, a jeepney driver and operator, became enraged when he saw Villaruel, also a driver, sleeping inside a passenger jeepney parked near the variety store owned by Jocelyn Balberona.

AF slapped the sleeping Villaruel, who ran away when he woke up and saw the former. But AF ran after him and stabbed him to death with a kitchen knife.

Initial investigations showed that Balberona, who is now AF’s common-law wife, used to be the live-in partner of Villaruel.

In the Philippines, the term common-law wife is used to describe a woman who has been living with a man for a while without the benefit of marriage.

Police said that Villaruel had parked his jeepney near Balberona’s store because he wanted to get some sleep as he got so tired from plying his route. They added that he was used to doing this during his intermittent rests from driving.

Originally made from the left over of the United States military jeeps during World War II, jeepneys are now the most popular means of transportation in the Philippines.


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