Spiritual leader runs amok, burns house in Cavite


Posted at Feb 22 2014 02:53 PM | Updated as of Feb 22 2014 10:54 PM

MANILA -- A spiritual leader and former soldier died after running amok and setting a house on fire in Dasmariñas, Cavite on Friday evening.

According to reports, gunshots were heard and then a fire broke out in a house on Boston Street, South 2 Extension, San Marino Subdivision in Dasmariñas, past 8:00 in the evening.

According to a witness, they saw Rafael Policarpio, 59, running amok inside the house of a certain Asuncion Santiago.

The house also serves as worship area for the group led by Policarpio.

Firemen and policemen were not able to go near the house as the gun-wielding Policarpio was still inside.

Santiago and her children were able to flee from their burning house.

Police believe that Policarpio deliberately set the house on fire. He was found dead inside the house.

Authorities suspect that he died of suffocation. -- Report from Kori Quintos, ABS-CBN News