3 dead, 3 injured in North Cotabato family massacre

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Three relatives have been killed while three others have been seriously injured in North Cotabato , Saturday night.

The victims were identified as Ernesta Gatella, 70, married, farmer; Lorena Gatella, 43,  and Joe Gatella, 70, married and farmer; all residents of the said area.

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Ernesta and Lorena were both dead-on-the-spot while Joe died in the hospital while being treated for bullet wounds in different parts of his body.

3 dead, 3 injured in North Cotabato family massacre

Three of the deceased relatives were wounded in the attack known as Emmelita Getalla, Jose Getalla, and Daryl Getalla, who continue to heal at the hospital.

According to the report, the victims were eating dinner at around 7:00 pm in their home at Purok Sampaguita, Poblacion, Matalam, North Cotabato, when unknown suspects entered and allegedly fired at them using a 5.56mm caliber.

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At the scene of the crime, 11 fired cartridges cases of 5.56mm caliber were recovered.

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Senior citizen found dead in sugarcane field in Negros Occidental

A senior citizen woman was found dead in a sugarcane field in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

Police identified the victim as Melba Paglumotan, 60 years old.

Initial investigations revealed that the victim’s body was covered with leaves and soil, and was in “advanced state of decomposition.”

The victim’s body was also found to have stab wounds, and her neck was broken.

It was discovered that senior citizen victim had been missing for three days before her body was found.

According to some information, before the victim disappeared, Paglumotan was supposed to confront his husband over his alleged mistress.

Police are investigating the killing of the victim.

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