Given Grace Cebanico Rape and Murder Suspects Arrested

Given Grace Cebanico, a 19-year-old computer science student of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), was found dead in a canal in the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) road in Barangay Putho-Tuntungin in Los Baños, Laguna last Tuesday.

Given Grace has a bullet wound on her forehead and bruises all over her body when she was found dead by residents around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The two suspects in the murder and alleged rape of the UP Los Baños student are now under police custody.

One of the suspects is tricycle driver Percival de Guzman who was tagged by a witness who saw him abducting Given Grace Cebanico along Diamond Street in Umali Subdivision with another man. He was arrested by the Laguna police after the testimony of the witness.

The other suspect, PSBank security guard Lester Ivan Lopez Rivera surrendered to authorities in Floridablanca, Pampanga, this morning (Friday).

De Guzman said it was Rivera’s idea to rape and murder the victim. It was also found out that Rivera had taken his service firearm home that day.

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