By: Francis Allan L. Angelo
A SPURNED Philippine Army soldier committed suicide after shooting the object of his love, a teacher in Miag-ao, Iloilo Monday morning.
Teachers and students of Palaca-Damilisan Elementary School preparing for the annual Brigada Eskwela school cleanup were shocked to hear gunshots ring inside the campus past 8am Monday.
They later found on the pavement the bodies of volunteer teacher Cheryl Molase, 22, of Mambatad, Miag-ao and Private First Class John Rey Chiva, 25, of Calinog, Iloilo
Molate is now under observation at the Iloilo St. Paul’s Hospital after suffering from a gunshot wound behind her right ear with the bullet exiting her left eyebrow.
Chiva, who was assigned at the 82nd Infantry Battalion in Miag-ao, Iloilo, was declared dead due to a gunshot wound in his forehead.
According to P02 Deogracias Nobleza of the Miag-ao PNP, they recovered from the scene a caliber .45 pistol with two magazines and live ammunitions and two spent shells of the same gun caliber. They also found the ID cards and photos of Chiva and Molase.
Nobleza said Chiva was a suitor of Molase but the latter ignored the soldier’s advances.
The Miag-ao police found out that Chiva went to the school Monday morning in hopes of talking to Molase but the volunteer teacher slammed the classroom door in his face.
“That may have irked Chiva and he waited for Molase to get out of their classroom before shooting her at point blank. He then took away his life using his own gun,” Nobleza said.
The Philippine Army has expressed willingness to help Molase recover.