A PASTOR who ran amok allegedly killed his 16-year-old daughter and two neighbors in Barangay Marabatuan, Jose Abad Santos City, Davao Occidental, around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6.
The suspect was identified as Pastor Roger Laquina, 40, a member of Manobo tribe, who ran amok in their place all of a sudden.
Police Colonel Narciso Bayugo, police provincial director of Davao Occidental, said the victims were his 16-year-old daughter, a 5-year-old boy and another whom the suspect just bumped into identified as Olipio Oso, 55.
The victims died after they were hacked in the different parts of their bodies with a scythe.
The incident happened after the dowry that was supposed to be given to their family in exchange for her daughter’s hand in marriage was not enough.
The identity of the man, whom his daughter was about to marry, was no longer disclosed.
Bayugo shared that it was easy for them to catch the suspect but at 2:20 a.m. on Friday, June 7, he requested to be sent to the nearby Lachica District Hospital because of a stomachache from a past operation.
“Dati na siyang may medical surgery (he had a medical surgery before) so while being detained, he requested our police na dalhin siya sa ospital at pinagbigyan naman siya (for him to be brought to the hospital and his request was granted) for humanitarian consideration,” said Bayogo.
When they reached Barangay Caburan Small, the suspect said he needs to pee and that became the opportunity for him to get a hold of Patrolman Jeffrey Angeles’ service firearm, who he also shot at the back.
Fortunately, Angeles was not harmed as he was wearing a bulletproof vest, said Bayogo.
Senior Sergeant Edwin Mellejor responded and shot the suspect.
He was brought to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival by the doctors.
Meanwhile, the remains of the victims are now at their respective houses.