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Hinobaan school principal in double murder – suicide

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The crime scene where a school principal, a teacher and her husband died being cordoned by police probers in Brgy. Pook, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental.* PNP photo

A senior high school principal was reported by the police to have killed himself after shooting to death a teacher and her husband on April 12 inside the Uybico Bilbao National High School in Brgy. Pook, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental.

The Hinobaan police identified the three fatalities as Warren Escosar, the school principal, Almarisa Arroy, a teacher of the school, and her 35-year-old husband, Christopher Arroy.

Police investigations show that Escosar, 56, armed with a shotgun and a .45 caliber pistol arrived at the school at about 8:30 a.m. yesterday, on board his Nissan Navarra pick up vehicle.

Carrying a shotgun, Escosar, a resident of Brgy. Bulwangan, Hinobaan, shot Christopher outside the classroom of his wife, the investigation of the Hinobaan police showed.

Almarisa, 35, who tried to flee, was then shot in the face by the school principal.

The couple died on the spot, according to the Hinobaan police.

After shooting the Arroy couple, Escosar went back to his Nissan Navarra pick up vehicle and shot himself with his .45 caliber pistol.

PMaj. John Ganzon, Hinobaan police chief, said that there was a brief heated altercation between Escosar and Almarisa prior to the shooting incident.

Ganzon said that the shooting incident may have triggered by personal grudges.

Hinobaan Mayor Ernesto Estrao said he believes that the incident was due to a complaint filed against Escosar.

Estrao said that Escosar was reported to have received a notice from the 8888 Citizens Complaint Center, in connection to alleged mismanagement at the school.

The teacher, according to Estrao, was blamed by Escosar for the complaint filed against him.*

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