30 April: Yesterday, the Philippine National Police charged Juan Duntugan with murder before the prosecutor’s office in Lagawe, Ifugao. Duntugan confessed to killing Julia Campbell after she allegedly bumped him at the back.
According to his story, he thought that it was his neighbor, with whom he had a rift, who bumped him so he retaliated by hitting that person’s head with a stone. It turns out that that person was not his neighbor but Julia Campbell.
Ifugao Police Director Pedro Ganir explains why they charged Duntugan with murder: “We filed murder because of the presence of the element of intent to kill.” Source: GMA News.
Our take: We’re not quite sure if the correct charge is murder and not homicide (which carries a lighter penalty). If the police is basing the charge on Duntugan’s confession, which appears to be what they are doing, then clearly (at least from where we sit) there was no intent to kill Julia. But let’s see what the Ifugao Prosecutor’s Office will decide on this one.