‘Gossip’ triggers hacking of pa, son to death

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A father and his son were hacked to death by their relative in their home at Barangay Ilijan in Bago City, Negros Occidental, on Thursday, April 8.

Killed were barangay kagawad Manuel Suriaga, 71, and his son Rene Suriaga, 48, a utility worker.

The third victim, 47-year-old Jonarie Suriaga, nephew and cousin of the victims, sustained minor hack wounds.

A police report said the suspect Eleodoro Suriaga Jr., 48, nephew and cousin of the victims, was passing by the victims’ home when he allegedly heard Manuel saying that he raped a family member 20 years ago.

This allegedly triggered the suspect to attack Manuel, who was with his daughter-in-law and grandchildren preparing dinner in their kitchen, with a bolo.

The daughter-in-law and her children were able to escape during the attack.

Rene, who was at the nearby residence of their relatives, ran to his father’s home. He, however, was ambushed by the suspect who hid behind a tree at the back of the house, the police report said.

Jonarie, who also went to help, was also hacked by the suspect but only sustained minor injuries.

The father and son were brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City for treatment but did not make it.

In a follow-up operation, the police arrested the suspect at his brother’s house in Barangay Ilijan on April 10.

They also recovered the weapon used in the killing.

The suspect will face charges for two counts of murder and for attempted murder.*

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