Police Searching For Killer Of 11 People
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ A drunken marine believed to be one of President Corazon Aquino’s guards killed 11 people, including five members of a family, in a shooting spree in a Manila suburb, police said Sunday.
Cpl. Egliastico Afanto said Sgt. Marciano Contaoe was being sought after the shooting spree late Saturday in Tagig.
Police said they had no idea what prompted the shootings.
Afanto said Contaoe was believed to be assigned to the Presidential Security Group, the special multi-service guard force assigned to protect Mrs. Aquino.
Spokesmen for the security group were unavailable for comment.
Police said Contaoe was drinking with several companions late Saturday at the home of Sgt. Jesus Dalupay when an argument broke out.
They quoted Dalupay as saying he was out of the room when he heard gunfire. He told police he rushed into the room to find two drinking companions dead and a third wounded. The third victim later died in a hospital.
Police said witnesses told them that the assailant ran from the house to his own home and emerged moments later with an M-16 rifle.
He then allegedly went to the nearby home of Eliseo Jordias, burst into the living room and opened fire, killing Jordias and four of his children, ages 11, 8, 5 and 3 years.
Contaoe again returned to his home, ordered his family to gather their belongings and then fled with them, police said.
Police said two other marine sergeants and a woman also were killed in the rampage. The three were not identified.
Police said Contaoe had been a respected member of the community. They did not have his age or say how many years he had been in the service.