Woman dies, son injured after estranged partner’s attack

Woman dies, son injured after estranged partner’s attack
(Contributed)

A 57-YEAR-OLD woman died, and her 33-year-old son was in critical condition after being hacked by her former live-in partner in Purok Lubi, Barangay Mag-anay, Tuburan town, northwest Cebu, at 3 a.m. on Monday, May 13, 2024.

Leonila Maguate succumbed to injuries to the face and neck, while her son Felix Maguate Rebanuel Jr. sustained injuries to the head, arm, hand, and other parts of the body.

After the incident, the victims were brought to the Tuburan District Hospital, where Leonila was declared dead on arrival.

The 69-year-old suspect, Felix Sr., was also taken to the hospital after stabbing himself in the stomach when police arrived to arrest him.

According to the couple’s 31-year-old daughter, Maria Gina, her mother was sleeping in the room when the suspect suddenly entered and hacked her with a bolo.

When Felix Jr. awoke after hearing the commotion, he went to check but was also attacked by his father.

Maria Gina said her father’s jealousy is what drove him to commit the crime. She said her parents broke up over a year ago, but her father often accused her mother of having a relationship with another man and threatened to kill her if he caught her seeing someone else.

“They broke up over a year ago, but my father kept coming back to our house. He made threatening remarks due to jealousy. He even became envious of our neighbors, young people included,” Maria Gina said in Cebuano.

The daughter said the two had reconciled at the barangay (village), but they later resumed fighting. She added that the suspect also spread rumors that Maguate had many boyfriends.

Maria Gina believes her father’s behavior changed after joining a cult.

Felix Sr. admitted in an interview with SunStar Cebu that jealousy was the motive behind the attack. He claimed their argument began in December last year when he arrived home after planting sweet potatoes and saw what he believed to be evidence of infidelity on Leonila.

The suspect also claimed that he once saw Leonila talking with a young man through gaps in the wall.

He said he had no intention of killing his partner, but the thought of dying together crossed his mind after hearing from neighbors that he would be imprisoned for his actions.

Tuburan Police Station Chief Lt. Col. Glenn Hife said charges for murder and frustrated murder will be filed against the suspect. / AYB, TPT

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