ELEVEN children and grandchildren of a 84-year old woman who set afire outside their house in Misamis Oriental have been charged with parricide by the local police, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr. said on Wednesday.
The case stemmed from the death of the octogenarian in what was described to be part of the suspected cultists’ ritual to purge her of her ‘great sins’ similar to what had been done during the Dark Ages when people accused of witchcraft and heresy were burned at the stake by an angry mob.
Local policemen have arrested the suspects following reports they threw the victim into a pile of burning wood last August 28. Due to the sensitivity of this case, the identities of the victim and suspects were withheld.
Upon arrival at the crime scene, the responding police officers found burnt wood which were allegedly used by the suspects who fled immediately following the incident.
“Now that we have identified the suspects, definitely they will face the charges against them. Justice will be given to the victim,” Azurin said.
The gruesome crime took place in Barangay Baliwagan in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental last Sunday. Local residents who saw the incident stopped the suspects and took the victim to a nearby hospital where she died due to third-degree burns all over her body.