A man believed to have been high on drugs allegedly hacked to death and removed innards of his grandfather as he thought that the victim was a supernatural being.
The brutal killing took place at 6 a.m. Friday in Barangay San Roque, Talibon, said P03 Luigi Gabitan of the Talibon police station.
Police identified the victim as Simplicio Item and the suspect as Jeffrey Item, 30, both residents of Brgy. San Roque of the said town.
According to the victim’s son, Reynaldo Item, Simplicio was sitting on his salakot, a traditional wide-brimmed hat, when the suspect suddenly hacked him with a rusty bolo without provocation.
While already fighting for his life, Simplicio was reportedly dragged by Jeffrey to an open area, Reynaldo told police.
The suspect then opened the victim up and removed his intestines and other internal organs.
Reynaldo attempted to stop Jeffrey but was threatened by the suspect of being butchered next prompting him to ask help from neighbors.
Other residents of the area came to the aid of Reynaldo beating up Jeffrey but were unable to save Simplicio as the suspect had already brutally butchered him.
A few minutes after the incident, responding police caught and restrained Jeffrey who sustained a hack wound on his head.
When questioned by Gabitan regarding his motive, the suspect said that he thought Simplicio was a supernatural being flying around their backyard.
The suspect, a former security guard, admitted to police that he had been using drugs, which reportedly have been affecting his mental health even prior to the hacking accident.
According to Gabitan, the suspect was previously arrested for beating up a minor but was released after no charges were filed against him.
Gabitan said that they had advised the Item family to restrain the suspect and lock him up inside their home when he experiences perceived manic episodes.
However, the family was caught off guard by the grisly event as the suspect has not been involved in violent incidents as of late. (Allen Doydora)