Man kills 2 kids, self


“He should have left the children alone and just killed himself,” an anguished woman said of her husband whom she found dead together with their two teenage kids Sunday.

Police Officer 3 Rodel Benitez of the Manila Police District homicide section said the police were still investigating if there was foul play in the death of Jacinto de Guzman, 38, his daughter Jennifer, 17, and son Jeramel, 18. Their bodies were discovered by De Guzman’s wife, Editha, inside their house at 2411-D L. Rivera St., Sta. Cruz, Manila.

According to Benitez, the police were also trying to determine if De Guzman had killed his children and his motive for doing so.

Editha’s 9-year-old nephew, James Benetyr Cuasay, who was in the house during the incident, said De Guzman woke him up after Editha and his father, Bernardo Cuasay, left the house around 5 a.m. to sell chicken at Trabajo Market in Sampaloc.

James was then sleeping beside Jeramel in the lower bunk of a double-deck bed with Jennifer in the upper bunk. All three were in a room on the second floor.

“He pulled my feet then told me to sleep downstairs,” James told the Inquirer. While lying on the sofa, James said he heard a commotion and De Guzman telling someone, “Stay there and don’t go down.”

James added that De Guzman went downstairs, took from the bathroom a bottle which contained a silver cleaning solution and then went back to the second floor.

The boy said he heard Jennifer say, “Dad, please stop,” followed by a shout from Jeramel.

De Guzman then went down again and told him, “Go play outside since you’re only pretending to sleep,” James recounted.

“I was afraid. But I didn’t ask for help because I don’t know what really happened there,” he added.

When Editha came home from the market, she found her husband dead, lying face down on the bed beside Jennifer who had froth in her mouth. Jeramel, whose face had bumps and bruises, was lying on the floor.

An autopsy was underway to determine the victims’ cause of death although the police believe they died after ingesting the silver cleaning solution.

MPD homicide section chief Senior Inspector Ismael dela Cruz ruled out robbery since there was no sign of forced entry or missing items.

Asked if he believed De Guzman killed his children, Bernardo, who lives with the family, said yes. “He would hit the children even for small offenses,” he added.

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  • Mamang Pulis

    ah pota–kung ginamit na naman ang baril dito sigurado ako ngal ngal na naman si bishop–pustahan tayo—walang iimik sa peaceniks dahil walang baril na puede sisihin!

  • Mamang Pulis

    o hindi ata mabenta ang column??—hindi kasi baril ginamit–lason–nilason yun mga anak

  • speedstream2

    There are times really when man’s cruelty is just beyond belief. There has to be a better way by which we can protect helpless innocent children. For starters, there should be zero tolerance for people who harm children in any way.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Ban silver cleaning solution .

    • kalikasanipagtanggol

       hahaha parang baril ano? eh kung gumamit naman ng clorox i-ban din ang chlorox? LOL!

      • opinyonlangpo

        That’s how some view the gun ban, alternative tools and means will emerge when gun ban is enforced.

  • stjohnofthevatican

    I’m still NOT in favor of DIVORCE LAW! If you will ask why? The answer is “I don’t know!” Even based on the statement “Asked if he believed De Guzman killed his children, Bernardo, who lives
    with the family, said yes. “He would hit the children even for small
    offenses,” he added.” Maybe they are not married enough! lol. Long live the Bishops! Let’s us fight against those who will pass the Divorce Law! No to divorce law even if our spouses are hurting or even at the point of killing our children. Marriage is a sacred sacrament, its the gift from god Jesus Christ. NO TO DIVORCE LAW! NO TO RH BILL!

  • basilionisisa

    kung gumamit na lang ba sya ng condom para hindi na nai-conceive at naipanganak yung mga bata, hindi naman pala nya mamahalin at pangangalagaan… hinintay pa nyang lumaki at maging Kristiyano, tapos papatayin din lang nya…

    DAPAT pala yung TATAY NIYA and nag-condom o inABORT na lang sana sya ng nanay nya, nang hindi na sana sumilang ang isang MURDERER.

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