TALUGTUG, Nueva Ecija -- A 69-year-old farmer was found dead with gunshot wounds Sunday morning after he was heard cursing and driving away an alleged spider hunter from his farm more than eight hours earlier.
Town police commander Senior Insp. Ronnie Caagbay identified the slain farmer as Bernardo Bulaag, of Bgy. Baloy, Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija.
His assailant, said to be a spider hunter, remains unidentified.
Police said the shooting incident transpired at 9:30 p.m. in Bgy. Sto. Domingo, this town.
The victim was discovered dead by his farm caretaker Zosimo Bayugo, 51, when the latter went to his nipa hut at 6 a.m. Sunday.
Bayugo saw the victim lying face down in a grassy portion of his ricefield several meters away from the nipa hut. He said the victim bore gunshot wounds in the body.
Investigation showed that prior to his death, the victim talked to Rogelio Padilla, 56, his other caretaker, and asked the latter about the schedule of palay harvest and where to bring and sell the palay, after which he proceeded walking to his nipa hut to take a rest.
However, a few minutes later, the victim was heard shouting and cursing somebody from inside the nipa hut.
“Put——g-i— niyo, umalis kayo diyan, masisira ang palay,” he was quoted as saying in Ilocano.
Police said the victim was then cursing an alleged unidentified spider hunter, who may have intruded into his farm.
Several minutes later, three gunshots rang out.
Police said Padilla ignored it, thinking that the victim just fired warning shots to drive away the intruder.
The next morning, Bayugo came to the victim’s nipa hut and found him dead.
Probers recovered a fired cartridge case for cal. .45 pistol at the crime scene.