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Oct 16, 2011

Father kills family, self in Cebu

Coconucumo _ | Oct 16, 2011

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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - A father, believed to have mental problems, killed his wife, 3 children and househelp in Talisay City, Cebu.
Based on initial reports, seaman Emmanuel Ponce killed his wife Melinda, 2 daughters who are both nurses, a son and their househelp.
Ponce’s youngest daughter, 14, then rushed to the police when she heard several gunshots.
Ponce, however, shot himself in the head even before his daughter could ask for help.
Crime Investigator SPO1 Mikey Espina said the victims, including the suspect, were immediately rushed to the Talisay District Hospital but were declared dead on arrival.
Authorities are still investigating the incident. Recovered from the crime scene was a .45 caliber gun.
Relatives said the Ponce couple was having marital problems. 
They said Emmanuel had an accident 10 years ago aboard the ship. A boom supposedly hit his head, which forced him to undergo operation.
Relatives believe this affected his mind. – Dennis Datu and June Perez, dzMM and Rachel Dangin, ABS-CBN News Cebu


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