Man guns down ‘son-in-law’

A 50-YEAR-OLD man voluntarily surrendered hours after allegedly killing his son-in-law in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.

Upon the prodding of his family and village officials, Nelson Delmo of Barangay Talisay turned himself in at around 6:00 a.m. of Jan 12, 2018.

Delmo is accused of killing Romie Erepol, 40, also a resident of Talisay.

The incident happened 6:30 p.m. Thursday when Erepol allegedly went home drunk. He then helped feed his two children, 6 and 4 years old.

Since Erepol’s voice was quite loud, Delmo, who was living nearby, heard the ruckus inside his son-in-law’s house.

“The victim got irked after Delmo began answering back to his statements,” said Chief Inspector Raymond Celoso, Barotac Nuevo police chief.

Erepol, who was armed with a knife, then stormed Delmo’s house and challenged the suspect to a fight.

The suspect initially held himself back but he soon popped. He then drew a handgun and warned the victim to go home.

Celoso said Erepol allegedly provoked the suspect into firing the pistol.

Delmo did fire the gun and hit the victim in the stomach.

The victim was rushed to hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Celoso said Delmo and Erepol already had bad blood for each other even before the shooting.

Delmo accused the victim of physically and verbally abusing his daughter, who is five-months pregnant with their third child.

The couple allegedly is not married since Erepol’s first marriage has yet to be annulled.

Celoso said Erepol’s family is bent on pressing homicide charge against Delmo.

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