ZAMBOANGA CITY – Six people were killed after a deranged man attacked them with a bolo before he himself was killed by a villager in Zamboanga del Sur, police said on Thursday.
Police said Remie Arnatis barged into two houses and attacked his neighbors without any warning or provocation in the village of Labangon in Dumingag town.
Police said Arnatis hacked his victims one at a time and killed four family members in a house before walking with his bloodied bolo to the next house where he killed a farming couple.
One man, Lito Angilis, 29, who was also hacked several times by Arnatis managed to grab a bolo and attacked and killed the deranged man, police said.
Police identified those killed as Merlita Emoc, 27; Junrey Emoc, 7; Merlyn Emoc, 4; Nak-Nak Emoc, 2; and the couple Samuel Langubon, 57, and Presciosa, 59.
Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman, said initial investigation showed that Arnatis was suffering from mental illness.