Valentine tragedy kills 3 in Iloilo City

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ILOILO CITY: Tragedy struck a family in La Paz district here on February 14 when a jeepney driver shot his wife and daughter fatally with 12-gauge shotgun during an argument and used the same to kill himself in front of their neighbors.

Police said Eduardo Cuales, 40, shot his wife Jessica, 45, their daughter Jecca, 5 and wounded Jessica’s niece Jasmine Rose Fabuna, 15 in their residence in Barangay Aguinaldo, this city.

Jessica’s family claimed that the couple had been living separately for the past four months and that Cuales wanted to take his daughter back to his native place in Murcia, Negros, Occidental. But his wife objected to his plan, which agitated him even more.

Cuales helps operate a “batchoyan” (noodles eatery) and a fighting cock farm, aside from driving a jeepney.


Reports said Cuales had not been sleeping the past four days and was allegedly using shabu to momentarily forget his problems with his wife.

He had not changed his clothes for days and was always talking about taking his daughter away from his wife.

The niece is being treated at Iloilo Doctor’s Hospital.

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