Anria Espiritu’s rape and murder has sparked outrage in the Philippines, prompting tens of thousands of people to support a Facebook page calling for justice.
Espiritu, 26, was killed in Calumpit, Bulacan. She was an employee at United Pulp and Paper Company and graduated from AMA University.
Residents in the area and across the nation are calling for police to solve the case.
The Manila Bulletin reported that the crime scene team brought in Elmer Joson, a 45-year-old jeepney driver, along with two other unnamed suspects, for questioning.
Joson and his wife visited Espiritu’s wake in Barangay Iba Este, telling her family that she was in his jeepney in the early hours of Thursday morning (August 14).
But he denied any part of the crime.
However, fueling suspicion, Joson had scratches on his neck and back. He claimed that they were inflicted by his wife.
The Justice for Anria Galang Espiritu community says that another wake will be held while her interment will be on August 23 at 2 p.m.
“This page was created by Anria’s relatives and loved ones whose primary objective is to seek justice for her brutal death,” it added.
“We are not here to seek publicity. We have created this page to seek justice so that people who knew something about Anria’s death will come forward.”