Former Journalist, SSS Spokesperson Joel Palacios Died On Stabbing Incident

Joel Palacios Died On Stabbing Incident In Pasay City

The former journalist and Social Security System (SSS) spokesperson Joel Palacios died in a stabbing incident in Pasay City.

Around 6:30 pm on Tuesday (August 29, 2017), the 70-year-old Joel Palacios died after attacked by a knife-wielding man identified as Robert Garan who went on a stabbing rampage after having a heated argument with his girlfriend.

The stabbing incident happened inside the Central Park Condominium located on D. Jorge Street in Pasay City. Palacios did not make it and died upon his arrival at the hospital.

Joel Palacios

The suspect had a heated argument with his girlfriend identified as Emelyn Sagun. Garan suddenly stabbed his girlfriend and pushed her off the stairs, prompting Sagun to be critically injured.

Belle Elorde, the live-in partner of Palacios was also wounded in the incident after she came upon hearing the noise on their neighbor unit. Mae Elorde, the sister of Belle also went out of their unit and saw the culprit repeatedly stabbing Joel.

Belle was supposed to go in between Joel and Garan, but she was the one attacked by the suspect after the ex-journalist pummeled on the ground.

Joel Palacios

“Inawat niya (Belle) sana yung tao, pero siya yung nabalingan tapos si Kuya Joel bumagsak na siya,” said by Mae quoted by Inquirer.

Mae was also stabbed by the suspect before the members of the Special Weapons and Tactics arrived to neutralize the situation.

Joel and Mae were immediately rushed to the hospital, unfortunately, the former journalist was declared dead on arrival.

Palacios was a former journalist of Philippine Daily Inquirer Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Today, Reuters, and Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post. He also served as the spokesperson of SSS for already 15 years.

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