Twin daughters witness radio reporter’s death

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

THE gruesome death of a radio reporter was seen by her twin daughters as her former partner shot and killed her in Barangay Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City, Tuesday night.

“Tag! Tag! Tag! Nakita nako naay gamay nga buslot, nay daku nga buslot (I saw that there’s a small hole and a big hole),” said one of Maricel Pamisa’s daughters a few minutes before the 32-year-old victim was brought to Puerto community hospital where she died.

The daughter referred to the bullet holes in her mother’s dress after multiple shots were fired from a Colt commander caliber .45 pistol around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The twins were just a few feet away when the shooting happened.

The daughter said her mother was sitting when her father, Clemente Rosales Jr., 60, approached her mother from the back, wrapped his arms around her chest, and shot her a few times.

“Nagluko man siya sa salog, nakapiyong na dayon (She was lying on the floor, and then her eyes closed),” recalled one of the twins.

She added: “Nag-arte-arte si daddy, nihigda siya (Daddy was acting, he lied on the floor).”

Monica Pamisa, the victim’s mother, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that Rosales committed suicide after ensuring that Maricel was dead.

In the hospital, Monica said Maricel was able to mention “M-One” -- Rosales’ nickname. Even before her looming death, she mumbled the name of Rosales to make known her killer.

Before the shooting

“At around 3 p.m. that day, Clemente (was) already near the area,” Monica said as reports from neighbors reached her, adding that someone saw Rosales drinking beer around 8 p.m. at the fruit stand.

Monica said Rosales sneaked inside the house when one of their adopted children went outside to pee.

Monica, who was in her room near the crime scene, heard the twin daughters pleading to their father: “Ayaw daddy, ayaw daddy (No daddy, no daddy).”

Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) recovered one firearm and five cartridge cases, one empty magazine and one magazine with seven live bullets in the crime scene.

Police officer Jennifer Husapan said the Puerto police are still investigating the case further.

Monica said Rosales was a port police in Cebu who could not get his retirement pay because of the cases filed against him by Maricel.

She said Maricel filed a rape case against Rosales, but it didn’t prosper because Maricel accepted Rosales’ offer that he’d religiously provide the needs of the twins. Rosales allegedly raped Maricel while they were still dating.

“In Cebu, Maricel filed a case against Rosales on anti-violence against women and children (Anti-VAWC) but she did not pursue the case because he was able to convince Maricel that he would support the twins,” said Monica.

Rosales kept on promising Maricel to change and fulfill his obligations, and each time Maricel gave her the chance, he would renege from his obligations, Monica shared.

Monica added that Rosales used to batter Maricel. “Mangtas kaayo sya. Naa ba diay gugma nga in-ana? (He is a monster. Is that love?) He is always very jealous – he is jealous of everyone including Maricel’s workmates.”

Julie Cailing, Maricel’s neighbor, said that in 2009, Rosales pointed a gun at three children playing.

“He paid for it so the case was dismissed,” said Cailing.

Another neighbor, Dally Uayan, said her husband Toto invited Rosales to join them in playing basketball.

Instead of participating, Uayan said Rosales took a gun and pointed it at her husband.

Rosales, Monica said, was imprisoned for three days because of carrying a firearm.

Cailing added: “He has a bad record in this village and he didn’t mingle with his neighbors.”

She said Maricel rarely got out of their house because Rosales won’t allow her.

“She can’t even speak to us,” she added.

When asked why Maricel endured such a violent relationship for years, Monica said: “She stayed for (the sake of) her twin daughters.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 05, 2013.

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