Carcar cop killed 3 days after birthday

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Friday, December 13, 2013

PO1 Felicisimo Unabia Jr. turned 34 last Sunday. He spent his birthday with his family in a simple celebration.

He wished for good health and happiness for his wife, parents and siblings. He also wished for her two daughters to finish their studies at whatever cost.

Little did the family know it was Unabia’s last birthday.

Three days later, he was shot and killed by a two men on a motorcycle in Barangay Poblacion II, Carcar City.

His wife Merlinda, 33, has no idea why his husband was killed.

“Naglibog gyud ko nganong gipatay siya (I don’t why somebody wanted him dead),” she told Sun.Star Cebu.

Before Unabia went to work that day, he visited his wife at their store in the public market.

Merlinda recalled telling his husband how he smelled good in his new cologne.

“Nag-gakosgakos pa mi kay humot kay siya (We hugged),” she said, adding that she even teased him if he’s not seeing another woman.

Five minutes after Unabia left, he was shot. She was about to close the store when her neighbor told her about the news.

Merlinda rushed to the crime scene but did not see her husband there because he was already taken to the hospital.

At the hospital, she saw her husband’s body.

“Wala ko kasabot sa akong gibati (I didn’t understand my feelings),” she said.

Merlinda said her husband was a good man who always took good care of his family.

“Wala gyud to siya’y kontra (He had no enemy),” she said.

Before Unabia joined the police service, he had different jobs. He worked as security guard, driver and worker of a mining company.

To be a policeman was not his dream. Unabia was fond of designing buildings and houses. He wanted to be an architect.

“Nisunod ra sad siya sa iyang papa kay mao may gusto (His father wanted him to be a policeman),” Merlinda said.

Unabia was assigned with the Mobile Patrol Group of the Cebu City Police Office. He worked from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

After work, he went straight home. He would bring his daughters to school every morning and fetched them when classes end.

“Bahala ug wala siya’y tarong nga tulog, basta hands-on siya sa mga bata,” Merlinda said.

Unabia also keep fighting cocks.

“Karong wala na siya, ako lang gihapon ning gamon ang mga manok kay usa man sad ni sa iyang kalipay (I will take care of his fighting cocks because they were his happiness),” Merlinda said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 14, 2013.

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