A “mentally unstable” man ran amok and hacked dead his wife, nephew, sister-in-law and a barangay kagawad early yesterday morning in the village of Balicotoc in Ilog town.
Police Major Norberto Barniso, OIC police chief of Ilog, said William Magbato suddenly went wild and, using a bolo, hacked dead his wife Merlinda, nephew Ryan, sis-in-law Ramonita, and barangay kagawad Leonilo Balsomo.
Wounded were Jess Tarones, Jammy Tiaga and another one who was only known as Seroñes.
Magbato was only subdued when soldiers shot him in the arm. He was turned over to the police by barangay authorities and soldiers who were in the area, Barniso said.
Balicotoc Barangay Chairman Mark Joseph Valenciano told mediamen that after hacking to death his wife, the suspect went to his brother’s house and hacked dead his nephew.
He then went to another relative’s house and hacked dead an old woman.
Barangay officials and Army soldiers in the area ran after him but he suddenly hacked dead barangay official Leonilo Balsomo.
The suspect then escaped towards the plaza where he hacked another person.
Valenciano said he then ordered the military to shoot the victim on his arm.
The suspect was also brought to Lorenzo Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City.
During an interview, the suspect said he could not recall what happened.
Policemen are still conducting an investigation.* (Cyrus M. Garde, NDB, Photo by Harry Balais)