A 25-YEAR-OLD policeman in Catanduanes on Saturday shot his wife and their 5-year-old son dead at the height of their heated argument in their house in Virac town before turning the gun on himself.
Patrolman Jaymar Malasa, a member of the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company of the Catanduanes Police Provincial Office shot himself after realizing what he had done and died on the spot, said Police Regional Office 5 director Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo.
An investigation showed that the victim went home after a drinking session with friends and argued with his wife. At the height of their altercation, the cop pulled out his service firearm and shot his wife, who was carrying their child.
The bullet hit the woman’s body and likewise struck the child. Both died instantly.
After shooting his wife and son, the policeman committed suicide.
Local police investigators are looking into a number of reasons why the couple argued, including the possibility it could have been triggered by jealousy.
Following the unfortunate incident, Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos reminded police personnel to exercise due diligence in handling their issued firearms.
“We are sorry for the loss of lives. It is with sadness that we hear about the circumstances. May this serve as a lesson for our police officers to take precautions and never put the law into their hands,” he said.
“You underwent gun safety training. Use all the learning to effectively and responsibly discharge your duty,” the top cop said as he emphasized that every PNP personnel is accountable for his/her action.
“Our service firearms are used whenever necessary in our prime task as law enforcers. Even during this election period, despite being given the gun ban exemption, PNP’s mandate for prudent gun use remains,” Carlos said.