A SUSPECTED illegal drug user allegedly hacked his two nieces then killed himself in the mountain barangay of Napo, Carcar City last Monday night.
Investigators said that the suspect, Domingo Mangyao, 29, used a bolo in killing Rosalyn, 16, and Charmaine, 11.
The two are daughters of Domingo’s brother Ranulfo, who was away from the house in Sitio Calangyawon with his wife when the attack happened.
The girls were sleeping at that time.
Ranulfo’s two grandsons, aged 2 and 4, were jolted awake when the crime took place and reportedly witnessed the murders.
The Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children (PCWC), co-headed by Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, will take custody of the two witnesses.
Stress debriefing will be provided, and the PCWC will come up with an intervention plan, Magpale said.
She condemned the killing. Magpale also lamented that despite the intense campaign and buy-bust operations conducted by the authorities, the sale and use of illegal drugs remain rampant.
Rosalyn and Charmaine suffered hack wounds in different parts of their bodies. Their uncle also slashed their throats.
Domingo committed suicide by slashing his throat as well.
The boys were unscathed after they managed to cover themselves with a damaged plastic basin, said investigator SPO4 Jorame Tanudtanud.
Domingo possibly committed suicide because he was bothered upon realizing the crime he had committed, said Tanudtanud.
Cebu Provincial Police Office Director Noel Gillamac told Carcar City Police Chief Teodulfo Manatad III to bring the boys to a social welfare office for stress debriefing.
Napo is one of the barangays infested with illegal drugs.
Dr. Rene Obra, a psychiatrist, said the boys should undergo treatment because they might suffer from an anxiety disorder.
“That (incident) was traumatic for the kids because they do not see it every day,” he told radio dyHP.
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Elenita, a relative of the victims, said she failed to notice any commotion. Her house stands near Ranulfo’s.
Ranulfo, a father of nine, was stunned by the death of his two daughters.
“Wa gyud ko magdahom nga iya tong buhaton (I did not expect he would do it),” he told dyHP.
Charmaine was a fifth grader, while Rosalyn was a Grade 9 pupil.
Two hours before the attack happened at 9 p.m., Ranulfo drank the coffee Domingo made, while the rest ate their dinner.
Ranulfo did not notice anything unusual in his brother’s actions. Domingo was polite with them.
“Wala man ko makabantay nga molikoy iyang tubag inig pangutana nako (When I asked him questions, he answered lucidly),” he said.
Afterwards, Ranulfo accompanied his wife, who led the prayer for a deceased relative in another house.
Charmaine and Ranulfo’s grandsons were sleeping near Domingo, while Rosalyn was on the upper floor of the house.
The couple returned home past 10 p.m. Their grandsons met them by the door and told them what they saw.
Tanudtanud said that Domingo was arrested last June 22, 2014, after the latter held a relative hostage at gunpoint.
The parents of Domingo’s relative did not press charges against him.
The police, however, filed a complaint against Domingo for illegal possession of a firearm.
Domingo pleaded guilty during the arraignment. He was released from Carcar City Jail on probation last Sept. 18 and went to live with Ranulfo.
At 5 p.m. last Monday, Elenita went to Ranulfo’s house. She called Domingo, but he did not talk.
Domingo also visited his sibling in Pit-os, Barangay Talamban, Cebu City.
“Wa gyud mi kahibawo unsa’y gibuhat niya didto (We didn’t know what he did there),” she said.
Ranulfo said he did not entertain negative thoughts on Domingo’s uncommunicative behavior because his brother was not violent.
A former construction worker, Domingo did household chores without complaining and he sometimes sold chicharon with Ranulfo.
Ranulfo said he once advised Domingo to stop using illegal drugs, but the latter did not admit he was a junkie. He further said he built a hut for Domingo, but the latter refused to live alone in it.
“Maypa’g wala siya makagawas sa prisohan (I wish he’d never been released from prison),” said Ranulfo.