BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The victims in the Easter Sunday killing in Tangub village here were killed in a way similar to that of six family members of a prominent family 21 years ago.
And like in the Rivilla massacre, the victims were slain by a lone killer who was also known to his victims.
Police Major Joery Puerto told DNX the murder weapons used by Christian Don Tulot alias Dondon were a hammer and a cane knife, locally called an espading, whom he hid inside the house of the victims whose relative adopted him.
Puerto said Tulot led them to the spot where the tools were hidden shortly after he was nabbed 8 April in Don Salvador town.
Based on the suspect’s confession, Puerto said Tulot first killed Michael Espinosa with hammer blows and hacked him on the head with the cane knife.
Jocelyn Nombre, Michael’s aunt, was next to be killed after she tried to fight off Tulot who killed her also with hammer blows.
Gemma, Michael’s mother, was the third to be killed inside the bamboo hut near the family’s house.
Precious, Michael’s six-year-old daughter, was the last to be killed inside the living room.
She was found by policemen bloodied on a sofa.
The victims’ dead bodies were found rotting Wednesday morning two days after they were killed on Easter Sunday.
The killing of the Espinosas by Tulot who is an adopted son by an Espinosa now living in America is similar to that of the Rivilla massacre December 2000.
The killer, Bemon Gallo, was known to the victims.
He also used a hammer, and a scythe, to kill Carlos Rivilla, 76; his wife, Florinda, 75; their son, Benrico, 42; and grandsons Mark Anthony, 13; Guillermo Benrico Jr., 11; and John Michael, 9; and Dolores Ogatis and Ritchel Gonzales, both househelp of the Rivillas.