THE kangkong leaves at the Layawan River were suddenly dotted with red blood which gruesomely mixed with the water. A man who had been harvesting the swamp cabbage was stabbing his wife to death. Over and over, the raging hubby thrust the blade into the victim’s flesh, pulled it, then shoved it again deeply into her body.
When the suspect, Leofer Lumacang, 50, realized that he had killed his wife Erlina, 42, he stabbed himself in the stomach thrice.
The tragedy occurred at the height of couple’s heated argument while they were harvesting ‘kangkong’ at the Layawan River in Bgy. Pian, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte Tuesday afternoon.
The Police Regional Office 9 said investigation showed the couple was with Erlina’s sister Felicitas Natial, 50, when they harvested ‘kangkong’ or swam cabbage at 5 p.m.
Natial told police investigators she was about to leave the area when she heard her sister shouting for help. She later saw the suspect stabbing the victim repeatedly.
The witness said that when she tried to stop her brother-in-law, he threatened to harm her, prompting Natial to flee and seek help from neighbors.
Police said the victim suffered 12 knife wounds in different parts of her body and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Zanorte Medical Center.
The suspect was also confined at the same hospital for treatment of the three stab wounds in his stomach.
Police are still looking for the weapon used in the attack. PRO9 director, Brigadier General Froilan Quidilla said the Polanco Municipal Police Station will be filing a parricide case against the suspect.