Battered woman hacks husband to death



ZAMBOANGA CITY – A 40-year-old battered wife has been charged with parricide after she hacked her husband to death because he had allegedly tried to force her to get drunk with him, the authorities said Saturday.

Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, spokesman of the Western Mindanao Regional Police Office, said Marife Titoh told investigators she hacked her husband Doming to death because she could no longer take physical abuse from him.

The hacking happened in the village of Looc Labuan village in Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay, on July 11 while Doming was on a drinking binge.

“The victim was under the influence of liquor. He was drunk and he was forcing his wife to drink tuba or coconut wine. The wife refused to drink and that resulted to a heated argument between the couple. The wife grabbed a bolo and hacked her husband several times,” Huesca said.

He said Doming, who suffered multiple hack wounds, died while being transferred from a nearby hospital to Zamboanga City for further medical attention.

Dr. Ederlinda Fernandez, president of the Women’s Studies Association of the Philippines and vice president for planning, administration and finance at the Western Mindanao State University, said Marifeh Titoh “is suffering from battered wife syndrome.”

“Women victims of repeated physical abuse have the tendency to fight back as self defense and sometimes they become very violent,” Fernandez said.

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