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Ecija vice mayor’s civilian aide shoots wife dead

  • Written by Steve A. Gosuico
  • Published in Provincial
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TALUGTUG, Nueva Ecija -- Thinking that his 36-year-old wife had a paramour, a 44-year-old civilian security aide of Vice Mayor Benjamin J. Gamit Jr. went berserk and shot her dead after a heated argument last Friday.

Killed was Gina Mayo, a native of Pandan, Aklan, while the principal suspect was her husband, Gaudencio Mayo, both of Bgy. Roxas, this town.
   
Town police commander Senior Insp. Ronnie G. Caagbay said the killing allegedly took place inside the spouses’ house at 12:30 a.m.
   
Caagbay said police learned of the incident after the suspect voluntarily surrendered himself at the police station and confessed killing his wife using a cal. .45 pistol.
   
Prior to the shooting, investigation showed that the suspect confronted his wife about her alleged lover. But the woman vehemently denied the accusations, triggering a heated confrontation.
   
As the suspect allegedly got infuriated with the woman’s incessant denials of her misdeeds, he went berserk, grabbed a pistol and shot his wife several times, resulting in her instantaneous death.
   
Caagbay said Gamit also turned over to police the alleged murder weapon, a cal. .45 pistol, that was earlier allegedly entrusted to the suspect for cleaning and conditioning purposes.
   
It was learned that the pistol was acquired by the vice mayor through a Deed of Absolute Sale of Firearm from its registered owner, Samuel C. Joson, of Bgy. Poblacion North, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.
   
A case of parricide was filed against the suspect before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Cabanatuan City.