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Cavite gunman used drugs, estranged wife says

Posted at | Updated as of 01/06/13 2:17 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Use of illegal drugs may have fueled a shooting rampage in Kawit, Cavite Friday morning that left 8 people dead and 10 others injured.

Maria Elena Bae, estranged wife of gunman Ronald Bae, admitted in an exclusive interview with radio dzMM that her former partner used and even peddled illegal drugs.

"Hindi niya kinaya yung ano ng drugs," she said.

A campaign poster showing an image of Ronaldo Bae, who once ran in the barangay elections, hangs from a house in Kawit, Cavite where Bae went on a shooting rampage and killed 8 people. Bae, armed with a semi-automatic pistol, went around the neighborhood targeting people along the way. Photo by Jay Directo, AFP

 "Una, nilihim niya sa akin pero nung nahuli ko siya nung 30 na. Nagamot talaga siya. Iyun inamin niya sa akin," Maria Elena said. "Sabi niya malaki nga yung tyan niya  nagpapapayat siya pero sabi ko kinausap ko siya umiyak ako na tigilan na niya. Dahil maaano yung anak namin."

She said they wanted to place Ronald under rehabilitation.

"Alam ko iyan pag naka-take yan ng ganyan eh. Pero siguro ngayon ko lang na-ano. Hindi siya nagte-take dati talaga. Ito langa talaga kasi alam ko, pero syempre kilala ko siya di ba," she added.

They were together for 13 years before they separated. They have 5 children.

When asked if her former husband also sold illegal drugs, Maria Elena replied, "Siguro dati noong binata siya. Iyun ang alam ko. Pero nung nagsama kami, siyempre natatakot ako. Basta ayaw ko ng ganoong negosyo. Sinabihan ko siya noon, tumigil naman siya. Tumigil iyun."

She said she did not have a fight with Ronald before the shooting incident.

However, Maria Elena said she felt being threatened before they separated. "Inaano ng baril atsaka bago kami magkahiwalay inanuhan niya ako sa ulo , iyung parang tamang hinala."

Police, who shot and killed Ronald during his rampage, found several drug paraphernalia in his home.

His aide, John Paul Lopez, also said he was drinking with Ronald before the incident.

'Bossing'

Neighbors called Ronald as 'Bossing' and described him as quiet and approachable.

But he's also known as an alcoholic.

In 2010, Ronald tried his luck in politics but lost.

After losing in the barangay polls, he was involved in illegal drugs and was arrested for a shooting incident, police said.

He was not seen in Kawit for a long time, and his neighbors were surprised that he came home last Wednesday.

Ronald was not in the right mind before the shooting.

"Ang sabi ng mga kapitbahay eh, magdamag na sila nag-iinom," Kawit Mayor Reynaldo Aguinaldo said. "Para bang nasiraan yata ng bait na yata." - with a report from Jeck Batallones, ANC