By Jennifer P. Rendon
A farmer gunned down his brother-in-law after he allegedly caught the latter sexually molesting his wife.
The incident happened 9 p.m. of August 25 in the hinterland village of Atimonan in Janiuay, Iloilo.
Jimmy Claudio, 44, also a resident of Atimonan village, surrendered to Barangay Captain Rebecca Lastimoso a day after the incident happened.
Claudio was subsequently turned over to the police. He claimed that his wife went to look for vegetables for their meal. When she failed to return home, he looked for her.
He later saw her and the victim, Roswald Casquite, in a vegetated area of their village.
Casquite, whose wife is Claudio’s sister, was allegedly armed while molesting his wife. This prevented Claudio from attacking Casquite.
He instead went home to look for a gun.
Armed with a 12-gauge shotgun, he went back to the area where he last saw the pair but they were no longer around.
He scoured the area until he found his wife and Casquite sleeping together in a hut.
Claudio told Janiuay police investigators that he shot the victim.
Casquite was presumed to have instantly died due to a gunshot injury on his temple.
Major Eleazar Climacosa, Janiuay police chief, said police learned that Casquite’s family brought his body to a funeral parlor in Cabatuan two days later.
His wife also went to the police station on Friday morning. Thus, the case was not immediately investigated.
Climacosa said they are investigating if the woman was indeed raped. They already requested Claudio’s wife to undergo medical examination.