Sunday, September 26, 2021

‘Lovers’ found dead in Ginatilan; police eye murder-suicide angle

A BUSINESSMAN and a teacher were found dead with gunshot wounds in Barangay Palanas, Ginatilan in southwestern Cebu yesterday morning.

Police are looking into the possibility that the incident is a murder-suicide case, but they are also considering the possibility that other persons committed the crime.

The victims are Dexter Duhig, 37, and Rosa Maeva Itao, 38.

Duhig suffered a gunshot wound in the left portion of his chest, and a slug may have tore through his heart. Itao has a gunshot wound in the upper part of her body.

Crime scene investigators recovered three empty shells and found a .45 pistol near Duhig’s body, which lay next to Itao’s.

Police theorized that Duhig shot Itao first before turning the gun on himself.

The victims were discovered by Duhig’s brother, Donde, who went to the house after Duhig did not reply to his calls and text messages.

Investigators learned the victims’ relationship started when their marriage to their respective spouses turned sour.

Itao’s fellow teachers and neighbors told the police that the two had an affair.

Duhig, a hog seller, reportedly always felt jealous and his ill feelings worsened after learning that another man was courting Itao, Ginatilan Police Chief Carmelito Hornales told Sun.Star Superbalita.

“There was no forced entry into the house, but we have not yet stopped our investigation,” Hornales said in Cebuano.

The result of the autopsy, he said, is the only way to determine there was no foul play in the victims’ deaths.

A paraffin test on Duhig will also ascertain whether or not he fired his gun.

Around 6 p.m. last Tuesday, before the victims were discovered lifeless in the living room of Duhig’s house in Sitio Banahaw, some of Itao’s colleagues and friends looked for her.

They reportedly called the teacher’s cellphone and even sent text messages, but she did not answer.

Around 10:30 p.m. last Tuesday, some friends and relatives received text messages from Itao, who asked them to rescue her. The teacher, however, failed to mention what the problem was. She did not divulge the name of her attacker.

Alarmed, they repeatedly called Itao’s phone. The teacher later informed them that she was already in good hands, but she did not identify her companion.

Yesterday, at 12:45 a.m., Duhig’s neighbors heard three bursts of gunfire. They ignored it, though, thinking the businessman fired warning shots at men who wanted to steal his pigs.

Donde told the police he tried to communicate with Duhig past 3 a.m. yesterday through the latter’s cellphone, but Duhig did not answer his calls.

Donde said he wanted his brother to accompany him to the market. When he arrived in Duhig’s house, he found the victims there.
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