Son who killed father in Cotabato town a battered child, police probe shows
KIDAPAWAN CITY — A police probe has recently established that a minor who killed his father in Libungan town, Cotabato province last Tuesday is a battered child who has borne physical abuse for over two years.
Citing the account of neighbors in Barangay Ulamian, Maj. Jojie Barotas, Libungan police chief, said Rafael, 44, had a heated argument with his 15-year-old son prior to being stabbed to death at around 6 a.m.
Barotas added that the suspect confessed to being mauled by his father that morning after quarreling over the phone with his mother who is working abroad.
The battering prompted the suspect to grab a knife and stab his father in the chest and abdomen.
According to Barotas, the physical abuse of the 15-year-old boy and his three other siblings happens every time Raphael had a quarrel over the phone with his wife who left for overseas work in 2019.
“Actually, the neighbors are used to it already. But they didn’t expect that it would worsen into having the son kill his father,” Barotas added.
Barotas said that while undergoing interrogation, the minor showed remorse for the incident, admitting that he was overrun by anger.
The minor is now under the custody of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of Libungan, undergoing psycho-social intervention.
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