Philippine man kills wife, 3 children, police say

AP News
Posted: Oct 16, 2011 7:59 AM
Philippine man kills wife, 3 children, police say

A Filipino man shot his wife, three of his children and their maid with a pistol while having breakfast Sunday in a central Philippine town and then killed himself, police said. But he spared his favorite daughter, they said.

The killings in Talisay town in Cebu province shocked many in the crime-weary country.

Emmanuel Ponce, a 55-year-old former seaman, shot his family in their affluent home, police said.

Ponce told his youngest daughter to leave and call police before shooting his son for the second time and then killing himself, police investigator Mike Espina said.

"You'll be the only one who will live," Espina said the father told his 14-year-old daughter. "After this, I'll commit suicide. Go and call the police."

As the daughter ran out of the house, she saw her father shoot her brother for the second time and later heard another shot, Espina said.

Espina said the motive for the killings was unclear and there was no sign Ponce was drunk. Ponce had retired after working for years as a seaman and his wife was a bank manager.

"This is a puzzle for us at the moment," Espina told The Associated Press by telephone from Talisay, about 350 miles (560 kilometers) southeast of Manila. He said the surviving daughter was still too much in shock to talk much about the shootings.

"She was asking how her parents and siblings were," Espina said. "I just told her vaguely that ambulance vans had come and they were all taken to a hospital."

Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said the daughter would be helped to overcome her trauma.

The ABS-CBN network reported that a relative said Ponce had received a head injury in an accident several years ago while working as a seaman but had recovered since then.