Husband Shoots Wife; Attempts Suicide

A husband shot dead his wife and himself but survived in a marital conflict at their house around 8:00 p.m. Monday in Barangay Baquid, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.

Superintendent Arnel Arpon, Guihulngan City PNP chief identified the victim as Marcela Montealegre, 52, married, resident of the place.

The suspect is identified as Remenchu Montealegre, 52, farmer, also resident of the place.

He tried to shoot himself in the left chest from a .357 Magnum, the same firearm he used to shoot his wife.

Arpon said in an interview that the couple had a misunderstanding because the husband suspects that his wife has another man.

He said that the husband teased his wife if he could sleep with her, but the wife got angry and this bolstered the suspicion of the husband that indeed her wife is having an affair. He then took his hidden firearm and shot the victim point blank.

Seeing his wife lying dead and bathed in her own blood, he also shot himself.

He was rushed to Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital in Dumaguete City for treatment.

Police recovered the firearm and an empty shell inside the chamber of the firearm.

The husband is now being guarded by police in the hospital. A parricide case is being prepared by Guihulngan City PNP against the suspect.*(Cyrus M. Garde)