The grisly murder of Viva Hot Babe Scarlet Garcia, 23, in Olongapo City made tabloid headlines, creating speculation on who did it to the extent of killing her three companions, burning their townhouse unit and leaving their bodies inside.
It all happened at 3:00 a.m., Thursday, March 13, at Gordon Heights, Olongapo City. A neighbor reported that the apartment was on fire. The responding firefighters expected only an easily controllable fire, but they got the shock of their lives when they found that it was more than a case of arson.
They found the the bullet-ridden bodies of Scarlet Garcia, her live-in partner George Castro Jr., Scarlet's cousin Rachelle Estacio, and Rachelle's boyfriend Van Mark Mandehas.
Scarlet and Rachelle were discovered in the bathroom on the second floor of the three storey townhouse unit, while the two men were found in the sala.
In an attempt to conceal the murder, the people responsible tried to burn down the place.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN SHOCK. Scarlet was a member of the Viva Hot Babes for two years, with Jaycee Parker as co-manager. Scarlet is Danilo Barrio's first cousin, Jaycee's ex-boyfriend. Jaycee herself was shocked upon hearing about the murder.
Scarlet's mother, Tess Bouffard, narrated, grimacing, "Malalim yung galit nung tao [killer], e. Hindi ko alam kung ano'ng nangyari, kung bakit naging ganito. Tinawagan ako ni Jaycee [Parker], sabi niya, kasi tinawagan si Jaycee nung best friend ni Scarlet na tawagan ako. Puntahan ko raw si Scarlet sa Olongapo. Sa pagkarinig ko, yung sunog, e, yung sa kapitbahay ni Scarlet. Sabi naman ng anak ko [younger sibling of Scarlet], ‘Ma, paano naman masusunog, e, wala naman kapitbahay si Ate?'"
Jaycee Parker recalled, "Akala ko nga natutulog sa bahay, 'tapos nasunog yung bahay. Yun yung pagkakaintindi ko, e. Kasi umiiyak siya [Scarlet's best friend] nung tumawag siya. Natataranta. Sabi niya, tawagan sina Tita, si Mommy, papuntahin doon. Yung mommy ni Scarlet, tinawagan ko at sinabi ko na pumunta sa bahay ni Scarlet, nasusunugan yata sila. So, pagpunta roon, e, iba ang nakita nila."
When Scarlet's mom arrived at the scene, she was met by a traffic enforcer who said that it was indeed Scarlet's body.
"Sabi ko anak ko yun," Scarlet's mom said when he informed her of the real situation. Mrs. Bouffard was too shocked and weakened to go and see Scarlet's body. "Ayokong umakyat, ayokong makita yung anak ko."
Close friends of the Hot Babe can't find any reason or motive behind the killings, but Jaycee has one theory:
"Kasi ang kuwento, nagba-buy and sell yung boyfriend ni Scarlet, e. Nakabenta yata ng kotse. Hindi ko alam, kung ano'ng nangyari kasi, kung bakit naging ganito. Masama, e. Brutal. Malalim yung pinanggalingan nung galit nung tao [killer or killers], e. May mga narinig akong kuwento-kuwento, pero I can't say anything unless may report na talaga. Mahirap magbintang."
TheOlongapo City police have formed a task force to investigate the murder. A love triangle and previous threats on Scarlet's life are possible angles being considered by the task force as priority leads.
JAYCEE'S PHONE INTERVIEW. StarTalk contacted Jaycee by phone for an update on the murder investigation.
"Meron pong task force para po sa mabilis na usad ng imbestigasyon ng kaso," Jaycee told StarTalk host Joey de Leon. "Marami po kasing anggulong tinitignan yung pulis. Parang, may nabubuo silang story. Ang gulo po talaga. Kasi po ako, 'pag napapakinggan ko'ng explanations nila, sumasakit ulo ko sa kanila, e."
"Okey, uminom ka ng gamot," a concerned Joey replied. "Ano'ng susunod n'yong hakbang, at yung magulang nina Scarlet?"
Jaycee made a shocking revelation. "Kasi po yata pati yung magulang, e, nagkakaroon ng threats. Yung mommy ni Scarlet may threat na rin. So, ngayon humihingi kami ng proteksyon sa pulis na bantayan kami sa lamay kasi may mga umiikut-ikot po na sasakyan sa bahay nila."
"Meron ka bang mensahe para sa mga kinauukulan," Joey asked.
Jaycee replied in a breaking voice, "Tulungan n'yo po kami, at sana po huwag po nating tigilan ang kaso hangga't hindi po naso-solve at hindi nabibigyan ng justice yung Rachelle at si Scarlet."