Septuagenarian faces raps for slay attempt, child abuse

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Saturday, July 12, 2014


A SEPTUAGENARIAN is facing charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) after he was accused of stabbing his live-in partner and hurting his son in separate incidents at Sitio Mahayahay in Mintal, Davao City.

Facing charges of frustrated murder and for violation of the Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act is Marcos Sale, alias Macoy, a 73-year-old farmer.

He was charged for stabbing his live-in partner Violeta Gumayan and hurting her son Roberto.

Gumayan, in her affidavit, said that on December 10, 2012, Roberto came home from school and Sale told him to change his clothes. The victim did not heed the respondent's instruction and this irked the latter.

Sale allegedly struck Roberto with the handle of his bolo on the back of his neck. Roberto was taken to the Conti Clinic in Mintal while respondent left the house of Gumayan.

On December 19 of the same year, the mother confronted Sale asking why he hurt Roberto but the latter slapped Gumayan and this ended their relationship briefly. On May 5, Sale and Gumayan got back together and the respondent lived with the victim again.

Gumayan, however, called their relationship quits on November 4 as she feared that Sale would hurt her son again. The respondent then packed up his things and left the residence of Gumayan.

But it was on November 25 when the respondent returned to the house of Gumayan. Roberto observed that Sale was already aggressive and he was holding a bolo thus, he warned his mother not to go out of the comfort room.

Sale then barged into the house of the victims and he tried to hack the boy. But Gumayan went out of the comfort room thus, Sale turned his attention to his former live-in partner whom he stabbed on her abdomen.

The victim was rushed to the Southern Philippines Medical Center where she regained consciousness after seven days of treatment. She tried to contact Sale but the latter could not be reached anymore.

The case is currently with the RTC Office of the Clerk of Court and is set to be raffled off next week while authorities are waiting for an arrest warrant to be issued against the respondent.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 13, 2014.

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