A FAMILY of three and a 3-year-old girl were killed after their neighbor attacked them with a talibong, a local sword-like bolo, afternoon of August 29, 2018 in Panay, Capiz province.
The victims were identified as Concepcion Celino, 70; her daughter Ramilyn Labto, 31; Ramilyn’s daughter Gerra Isabelle; and Hanna Fel Aguiling, 3.
All were residents of Tanza Norte village.
The suspect, Nestor Beldia, 60, was also killed after he attacked responding police officers.
Police Officer 2 (PO2) Alimonsurin shot Beldia after he struck the officer twice with his bolo.
Senior Inspector Ruby Magallanes, Panay police chief, said one of the responding officers survived despite being wounded on his abdomen.
The incident also wounded Thelma Dadivas, 72; and Prince Cyril Celino, 8. They are now confined at Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital in Roxas City.
According to reports, the suspect came from his farm to cut weeds. He appeared to be dazed and unceremoniously barged into the house of the victims at around 3:30 p.m. of Wednesday.
Another neighbor saw him attack Concepcion, Prince Cyril, Ramilyn and Gerra Isabelle.
Magallanes said the neighbor even shouted at Beldia in a bid for him to stop the attack.
But the suspect allegedly turned his ire on the neighbor and ran after him.
When he could not keep up, he attacked Dadivas and Hanna Fel who were walking on the road.
Three police officers initially responded, followed by several others who tried to negotiate for the suspect’s surrender.
But Beldia refused to yield and instead attacked them.
Alimonsurin was left with no choice but to shoot him. The suspect was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital.
Some victims were rushed to the Health Centrum Hospital but Concepcion and Ramilyn were declared dead on arrival.
Meanwhile, Gerra Isabelle did not pull through while undergoing treatment.
By early morning Thursday, Magallanes said they learned that Hanna Fel also died.
Magallanes said policemen initially thought that the victims were just Dadivas and Hanna Fel.
Beldia’s family asserted that the suspect was not mentally ill although he was reportedly seeing an internal medicine physician for a still undisclosed ailment.
Lately however, they claimed that Beldia, a furniture maker, seldom slept.
“Other than that, the family claimed they did not notice anything unusual,” Magallanes said.
Magallanes said they would still conduct an investigation to ascertain what triggered him to attack the six victims.