Nephew kills old couple for alleged witchcraft

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 11 2010 04:20 PM | Updated as of Sep 12 2010 02:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - An old couple was killed by their own nephew in San Carlos City, Pangasinan, for allegedly practicing witchcraft, police said Saturday.

Superintendent Marlon Tayaba, chief of the San Carlos City police, identified the fatalities as Angelo Pascua, 68 and wife, Emilia, 66, residents of Sitio Matabang, Barangay Apunit.

The victims' grandchild, who witnessed the killing, said the couple's nephew, 39-year-old JOrge Arcangel, shot them with a .45 pistol at close range.

The witness said Arcangel, who was under the spell of alcohol, arrived at the couple's house around 6:30 p.m. Friday.

"Nagmano pa siya pero bigla niyang binaril si lolo," the victims' grandchild said.

The old woman died on the spot with 3 gunshot wounds in the head and body while her husband died in a hospital while being treated for a gunshot wound in the abdomen.

Tayaba said that according to the relatives of the victims, Arcangel has been accusing the couple of placing a curse on his sibling, who had just recently died.

The city police chief said Arcangel escaped after the killing.

"Pinaghahanap na namin siya ngayon," he said. -- Report from Cris Zuniga, ABS-CBN Dagupan