Magician suspect in wife’s death

TV’s ‘Alakim’ says spouse shot self during their argument

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A few hours after she surprised her husband with a birthday party, she shocked him by allegedly putting a bullet through her heart.

Police have initially taken the word of TV magician Allan de Paz, who said his wife Maricar, 34, killed herself while the couple were inside their vehicle then parked in front of their house in Lamar Village, Marikina City, before dawn on Tuesday.

But the chief of the Marikina police, Senior Supt. Gabriel Lopez, yesterday said “the victim was with him (De Paz) at the time of the incident. That automatically makes him a suspect.”

‘’But we will file a complaint against him only if the family of the victim wishes us to,” Lopez said.

Police are investigating if there was foul play and have subjected De Paz—known on TV as the magician Alakim—to paraffin tests.

Alakim was a grand finalist in the “Pilipinas Got Talent–Season I” contest in 2010 and had appeared in some shows on ABS-CBN.  Maricar was a nurse by profession and was head of supervisors at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Global City, Taguig.

The couple have a 10-year-old child. She lost another child during pregnancy last year, police said.

Based on De Paz’s statement to the police, his wife Maricar shot herself in the chest when they were having an argument in their Honda CRV at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday.

The bullet pierced her heart and exited through the glass window at the back of the vehicle.

De Paz, 31, rushed his wife to Marikina Valley Hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead upon arrival.

Lopez said De Paz suffered a wound on his hand purportedly in his attempt to stop his wife from shooting herself.

“We are waiting for the results of the paraffin test and ballistic exams to check if there are inconsistencies in Allan’s statement,” the police official said.

Lopez noted that it was unlikely for a woman who earlier arranged a surprise birthday party for her husband in a bar on Timog Avenue, Quezon City, to suddenly turn suicidal.

“She’s a successful woman working as manager for St. Luke’s. It’s really unlikely,” he said.

According to their friends and relatives, the couple appeared to be happy together during the party, Lopez said.

If indeed they later had an argument which led to the shooting when they reached their house, “perhaps she acted on impulse,” Lopez said.

Lopez said De Paz refused to give them further details about their argument, but investigators surmised that a fit of jealousy prompted Maricar to kill herself with a .38 caliber pistol reportedly owned by De Paz.

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  • Loggnat

    ‘‘’But we will file a complaint against him only if the family of the victim wishes us to,” Lopez said.’ /// Charges on the husband should be based on the result of the investigation being conducted. If there is a probable cause that the husband had a hand in the death of his wife, the police should charge him regardless if the family wishes or not to have the husband charged. It will be a travesty of justice if there is a probable cause and the police does not charge the husband because the family didn’t want to. If there is no probable cause, then it will be not very intelligent to file charges anyway because the family wants to. They should think before they open their mouth so they will not sound unintelligent and without common sense.

  • alfred sanchez

    ok ha ngayon pala pag wala ng complainant hindi na kailangan mag kaso sa isang suspect, dapat pala hindi na people of the philippines vs juan dela cruz ang pangalan ng kaso, complainant vs juan dela cruz na lang, hindi yata naintindihan ng mga pulis kung bakit tinawag na PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES ang mga kriminal case

  • Rolando Karaan

    Really a magic. She offers the B-day party just for later to kill herself in the car? Looks rather, if ever she was shooting, that she wanted to shoot him and he bent her hand to herself and that is the reason of his wound. If he wanted to prevent her from shooting herself it is impossible that he got wounded from fighting her but still was unable at least to move her hand away from pointing exact to  her heart.

  • Iggy Ramirez

    Sigurado ako merong hokus pokus ito.

  • linejohn

    a .38 revolver firearm could be easily triggered? reckless to the would be victim or suspect, so do not play with firearm if loaded.

  • linejohn

    Any aggrieved family member can file a case of parricide, (thru reckless imprudence).

  • okabato

    Law enforcement philippine style: “we will only file a case if the family of the victim wishes us to” kung walang complainant walang kaso. Kaya gustong gusto ng mga dayuhang kriminal ang pilipinas madaling maareglo ang mga kaso dito.

  • Regd

    No disrespect to the deceased but, is it possible that he was trying some gun tricks that it accidentally went off?

  • Darwin

    PNP should have an official spokesman, and prohibit its members from giving any statements to the media. Madalas nakakatawa ang mga statements na nilalabas ng mga gungong na pulis.

  • Pio Gante

    mr. lopez of the marikina police should seriously consider going back to the academy if he still thinks that they can only  file a case against the black magic man if the victims’ family wishes them to. if evidences warrants, they can charge the husband for the death of his wife. so why wait for a consent?

  • coladu

    Ang tanga naman ng Police na ito.  Homicide or Murder is not a private crime.  In fact, even rape is no longer a private crime which only the victim can file.  Hoy, mag-resign ka na bilang Police at nakakahiya ka.

  • coladu

    Even parricide is NOT a private crime! Investigate then file.  Let them offer their defense.

    • Ruben

      Parricide is not bailable but my sister’s husband who shot and killed her is out on bail for many years.  The case is pending at QC RTC over 10 years now.  Her Chinese husband is rich.  He bribed the court and got the best defense lawyer.  Until now, our family is still in grief.

      • coladu

        Sad to hear that.  Can you send the Case Title and Case Number and the RTC Branch?

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        Ruben wrote, in response to coladu:
        Parricide is not bailable but my sister’s husband who shot and killed her is out on bail for many years.  The case is pending at QC RTC over 10 years now.  Her Chinese husband is rich.  He bribed the court and got the best defense lawyer.  Until now, our family is still in grief. Link to comment

  • Ruben

    How could the victim shoot herself in the chest?  How could she point the gun to her chest?

    • adrenalyn_high2011

      …it seems to me a blatant lie, isn’t it? 
      besides, is Alakim ‘s gun has a permit to carry license?

    • okabato

      Angelo Reyes did it that way, not surprising but the trajectory of the bullet will determine if she really shot herself.

  • RomyLitz

    This guy is just copying Corona’s style of defense, lying north and south and will get a lawyer that merely objects and suppresses any evidences. The scenario just described is incredible as Corona owning the BGEI.

    • black_label

      ano ba yan, ang layo mo pare, walang focus, noynoying ka?

      • RomyLitz

        Noynoying is the best option there is against Arroyingying and Coronaying.

  • Frances Deniel

    Calling CSI!

    Is the wife right handed or left handed? Verify the angle of the point of entry! Distance of the barrel from the point of entry!

    This will help prove if Alakim is innocent or not!

  • Denzel Boksingero

    A magic trick gone bad. 

  • Philcor

    a third party must have been involved,probably a “chick” who texted something to the magician which caused the couple to argue. Mukhang nasaktan yata itong si mrs despite her giving him a surprise bday party, hence the trigger.(Pwede ring kagagawan ni mr sa kanyang pagkabisto…) 

  • RomyLitz

    The magician’s case like Corona is indefensible.

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