Spat with wife over money drives husband to kill self in Manila



MANILA, Philippines—Pressure to produce money for his family drove a 35-year-old electrician to hang himself Sunday morning inside his home in Manila.

Manila police investigators said that Renato Luna, of 856 Area A, Gate 3, Parola Compound, Tondo, had two previous suicide attempts several months back before he succeeded Sunday.

Senior Police Officer 1 Jonathan Bautista, of the Manila Police District (MPD) homicide section, said that Luna’s body was found around 8 a.m. Sunday by his 30-year-old wife Catherine.

According to Bautista, when discovered the suicide was hanging from the ceiling with a nylon cord looped around his neck.

The case investigator told the Inquirer that several hours before the discovery, at around 2 a.m., Luna and his wife had a spat over his salary, which she had been expecting him to hand over so she could budget the cash for their three children.

“When she (wife) asked for his salary and he could not produce the money, claiming he had not yet gotten paid, they argued,” Bautista said.

The argument, the case investigator said, got worse when Luna asked his wife if she trusted him. The electrician drank beer after their argument and locked himself inside their bedroom leaving behind his wife who was busy washing their clothes.

Several hours later when Catherine proceeded to their bedroom to check on her husband, she found him dead.

Bautista told the Inquirer that according to the suicide’s relatives Luna had previously attempted to kill himself twice, each after figuring in a marital spat over finances.

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  • Jane Tan

    imo stop having kids you can’t support

    • Sugbuanon86

      “Stop having kids you can’t support”?

      How about, NOT HAVING KIDS AT ALL.

      Why do you women always try to indoctrinate men into becoming your slaves?

      Men should never marry and should never have kids.

      Relationship is a trap for men.

      By the time a man marries a woman, that woman would have slept with an average of 3 men already.

      Why would a man want a damaged good like you?

      Men, don’t be fooled.

      You can still have sex with a woman without being her boyfriend or husband.

      Women are the easiest creatures in the whole world.

      They are easy, but they are sneaky. Don’t fall into their trap and become their ATM machine.

      • Jane Tan

        good job, NOT HAVING KIDS AT ALL and HAVE SEX WITH A WOMAN. how many times did you retake basic biology?

  • buttones

    A very sad, sad story…RIP

  • Pitbulldog

    Ehem, case of a battered husband siguro ito…Buhay nga naman, minsan nasa ibabaw. Siya siguro lagi nasa ilalim at di na matiis talaga…

  • intsikbeho

    wives, stop breathing down your husbands neck regarding money. instead of freeing your husbands to think of ways to protect your family’s future, you only fill their heads with marital stress dragging the kids into it and giving them psychological issues as well. 

    if you have no idea to contribute to the problem. STFU

  • rayingga

    One good reason for RH law to implement after 15 days of posting to the newspapers of gen. circulation.Walang hihirit. Doon sa nagbigti may the Almighty and loving Father forgives you, may you rest in peace.

    • Jane Tan

      truth. hear hear.

  • Albert Einstien

    money makes the world go round… : > )

    yet the pnocchio is trumpeting make believe growth….people committing suicide due to extreme poverty…this story is very sad but plain REALITY…..noynoying at its best!

    now our poor people…have two choices…comit suicide or be a criminal..that’s why CRIMINALITY under pnoy is chart busting….even OFWs & migrants in millions are in exodus to ESCAPE poverty due to incompetent & all propaganda hungry leaders…

  • Olibo

    If you can’t afford to raise a family, remain single,  nobody will nag you about money.

  • Jason Cruz

    Yan ang napapala ng nga mahirap maraming anak wala namang pangtustos.     Punta kayo kay Padre Damaso baka maghimala bigyan kayo ng pepay

  • Sugbuanon86

       Boys, don’t get married.
       Don’t have kids.
       Avoid relationships at all cost.
       And keep the money you work hard for to yourself. 
       Relationship is a trap.  Marriage is a trap.
    Stay single and avoid the pressures of having to provide for a family. You’ll live longer and stay healthier.
       Why buy the cow, when you can get the milk for free…If you know what I mean.

    • Donardo Cuago

      And then you will just die…ALONE.

      • Sugbuanon86

        We all die alone, dummy.

        Unless you want to share your coffin with your wife.

      • To_Be_Continued

        Very factual and smart reply. Good one…

      • Donardo Cuago

        I BEG TO DISAGREE…I prefer to die surrounded by my loved ones.  To live does not mean there won’t be problems, sorrows, pain, heartaches, difficult times.  Parte yun ng buhay…IT’S A GAMBLE YOU HAVE TO TAKE.  THERE R RISKS INVOLVED….because by sharing your life with another human being, you  expose yourself to pain.  But only in difficult time you can appreciate true joy and happiness.

      • Sugbuanon86

        If that is how you view life, a GAMBLE, then I pity you.

        Bahala na mentality, ika nga.

        Why should I gamble my life?

        Take for instance marriage.  You know that a large percentage of couples are always fighting and if given the chance to divorce, will gradly do.

        So why would you go into marriage, when you know that the odds are against you.

        Stay single.  If you want companionship, get a dog. Women are horrible, controlling and selfish.

        Women are excess baggage, ika nga. Pabigat to men.

        If you want sex, women are easy, and will sleep with you, even if you are not  their boyfriend or husband.

        Most women have already slept with many men before they decide to settle down, anyway. So basically, most wives are damaged goods already even before they walk the altar.

      • Donardo Cuago

        Why generalize?  my mom and dad had their own share of problems as a couple…BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, THEY CHOSE TO REMAIN HUSBAND AND WIFE…until my dad passed away almost 10 years ago.  The fact is THERE IS NO PERFECT RELATIONSHIP.

        As for this couple in the article…i’m in no way judging them…and I do feel sorry for the husband’s death.I don’t need your pity…BUT I RESPECT YOUR POINT OF VIEW…although I have to admit your very negative opinion of women is very baffling to me: “Women are excess baggage, ika nga. Pabigat to men.If you want sex, women are easy, and will sleep with you, even if you are not  their boyfriend or husband.Most women have already slept with many men before they decide to settle down, anyway. So basically, most wives are damaged goods already before they walk the altar.”

        And if you believe that by staying single you are not taking any gamble..well I have news for you…EVERY DECISION/CHOICE we make in this life IS A GAMBLE.

      • Jane Tan

        Though I have to agree with Sugbuanon. What he says is true. There are people from both sexes who are like that. In a country rife with poverty, you have to expect it. When you find that special someone that complements you and makes you better, you hang on to that person.

      • akongednamzug

        Mukhang labingdalawang beses kada isang taon ka nabu-busted sa iyong panliligaw. Mukhang galit na galit ka sa mga babae. Seek counselling or better yet tanggapin muna ang katotohanan na ikaw ay kakompetensya ng mga babae.

      • Sugbuanon86

        FYI, actually, ako ang nililigawan ng mga babae.

        Dahil marami akong pera.

        But I don’t get committed to any of them, dahil alam kong pera lang ang habol nila.

        Just enjoy them for the sex. Nothing more, nothing less.

      • Jane Tan

        Then spend your excess time whining about it on news threads lmao.

        Heartbroken much? Akala mo nga ikaw ang mahal mo pera lang pala. Onga, maraming ganun. Wala ka talaga magagawa. Magpanggap ka na walang pera para malaman mo kung mahal ka talaga o hinde. Baka naman kasi pinapakita mo na kaagad ang kayamanan mo. In a country rife with poverty, you have to expect that a majority of people (men and women) will go for a partner that will lift them out of their current status.

      • Rusman Ian Soliven

        Tell that to the guy who just killed himself.

      • Donardo Cuago


      • Rusman Ian Soliven

        What’s that supposed to mean? Were you trying to be aggressive? All I meant was it’s easy for you to say those things. It’s much much harder to actually live them. Now I’m not saying you’re wrong. I’m just wondering what the suicide guy would have said to your words. Maybe something like “Yeah, I gambled and I lost, to heck with this.”

      • Donardo Cuago

        “Tell that to the guy who just killed himself.”

      • Rusman Ian Soliven

        Totally missed the point. Nevermind.

      • Donardo Cuago

        OK…but i was not being aggressive.

    • boybakal

      Why buy the cow, when you can GET THE MILK  for free…If you know what I mean….

      I got you man.
      Pero Bakla lang ang mahilig sa Gatas or Milk.
      At saka wala ng libre. May bayad ang bawat galaw.
      Ok yan suggestion mo, kaso dadami na naman ang mga Bakla.

  • DarkSideOfTheMoon2

    my guess is he was telling the truth.

  • speedstream2

    Problem solved? Well, at least for the departed. But what about the living?

  • opinyonlangpo

    Money money money. Everything revolves around money. What you save today will be your wealth tomorrow. Hold on to it with your life for as long as you can.

  • IanAlera

    To the LAWMAKERS out there:

    Can’t you at least make a law that will criminalize excessive nagging by wives?

    THAT IS SPOUSAL ABUSE!!!  — Driving someone to that level of desperation.

  • gikiness

    Thank you Macoy for making the filipino lives miserable.  Thank you also for shamelessly labeling  yourself as the Lee Kwan Yeuw of the Philippines.  Yes we can clearly see the big similarities between singaporeans and filipinos.

  • boybakal

    Isa siyang Tunay na Bayani. Kahanga hanga at dapat tularan.
    Yon iba pag nadedepress, nandadamay, namamaril ng civilian na walang kalaban laban.
    Itong si Luna, nagbigti at di na namdamay pa.
    Tama lang ang kanyang ginawa.

    Dapat siyang maging halimbawa ng mga taong nawawalan ng pag asa.
    Sumalangit Nawa.

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