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Feb 26, 2024, 8:25 AM
OpinYon Editorial

OpinYon Editorial


STO. TOMAS City, Batangas -- In many cultures and religions, patricide is considered one of the worst sins that someone could ever commit.

An opposite of matricide, the case of patricide is defined by the dictionary as the act of killing one’s father.

For this to happen, there is surely a heavy underlying reason for someone to commit such an abhorrent act. And this happened in our midst.

This news is tragic. In the quiet town of Cuenca, Batangas, this horrific incident unfolded, shedding light on the dark reality of abuse within families.

A 13-year-old daughter, Abby, allegedly took a drastic step that has shaken the community to its core -- she ended the life of her father, Nonilo Montealto Lunar. It's a situation that demands our attention and reflection.

Now, let's address the elephant in the room: the alleged sexual abuse. It's gut-wrenching to even contemplate the torment Abby must have endured.

No child should ever have to face such atrocities, especially in the hands of a parent. The fact that she felt compelled to resort to such extreme measures speaks volumes about the severity of the situation.

But what's equally disturbing is the apparent indifference of the authorities and society at large towards issues of abuse.

How many more young lives must be shattered before we take meaningful action? It's time to break the silence surrounding abuse and hold perpetrators accountable, no matter their relation to the victim.

As for Abby's alleged boyfriend, "Clint," his involvement raises even more questions. Was he aware of what Abby was going through? Did he play a role in pushing her to this desperate act? These are inquiries that demand a thorough investigation.

Amid this tragedy, we must not forget the broader societal context. Abuse thrives in an environment of secrecy and shame.

It's up to all of us to create a culture where survivors feel empowered to speak out and seek help without fear of judgment or retaliation.

This heartbreaking incident serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for stronger support systems for survivors of abuse.

Let's not allow Abby's suffering to be in vain.

It's time to take a stand against abuse in all its forms and ensure that no child ever has to endure the horrors that she faced.

Repeated Sexual Abuse

According to police, the 48-year-old father, a resident of the area, was killed after being shot in the head by his 13-year-old daughter allegedly due to repeated sexual abuse inside their home in Barangay Pinagkaisahan this town last week.

Police investigation showed that the shooting incident occurred at around 2 p.m. at the residence of the father and daughter in the said barangay.

The victim, identified only as Abby, a high school student, confessed to the police that she killed her father because she could no longer endure the repeated sexual abuse. Despite her alleged pleas to her father, he reportedly ignored her and continued to molest her.

It was revealed that the victim took her father's Colt caliber .45 pistol with serial number M02082 and shot him in the head while he was asleep.

After shooting him, the victim fled but was immediately apprehended by the police in a hot pursuit operation.

The girl and her alleged boyfriend, known as "Clint," are set to undergo paraffin tests as they are considered "persons of interest" and may have been involved in the father's murder.

An English psychologist proposed four distinct types of patricide offenders: severely abused offenders (usually by the victim), severely mentally ill offenders, dangerously antisocial offenders, and the enraged parricide offender. (ElAmi/OpBats)

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