CAFGU man who shot commander remorseful

ROXAS City, Capiz – A member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) who shot to death his detachment commander at Daan Sur village in Tapaz, Capiz on August 15, 2018 said he is willing to face the consequences of his action.

Bonnie Jimenez said he was enraged when Staff Sgt. Ronilo Esoy, a member of Army’s 12th Infantry Battalion (IB), did not allow him to go home with his wife.

Jimenez also claimed that the victim beat him when he asked permission to leave.

“I was not on the proper state of mind when I shot him after he (Esoy) beat me when I asked permission to send home my wife,” he said.

The suspect also asked forgiveness from Esoy’s family.

Jimenez has been a CAFGU member for ten years and it was the first time that he got a beating from his superior.

Esoy’s wife Dory said her husband planned to go home today, August 20, to celebrate their son’s birthday.

Dory said other CAFGU members also asked permission to go home but her husband did not allow them to leave as they were in full alert against the possible rebels attack.

The Esoy couple has three children, the youngest being two years and six months old.

According to Senior Insp. Edwin Luces, Tapaz police chief, they will file a murder case against Jimenez today, August 20.

Jimenez allegedly shot Esoy inside the camp’s administration office with an M16 rifle.

A resident of Dayhagan village in Pilar, Capiz, the 40-year-old Esoy succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds in the different parts of his body.

Jimenez remains detained at the lock-up cell of Tapaz police station.

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