By Cong Corrales
Eyewitnesses saw Arnold Tenorio, 47, shoot his wife Florina inside the National High School campus in Purok 2, Barangay Casisang, Malaybalay, Bukidnon at 10:48 am, Tuesday. Florina was the school’s principal.
After shooting his wife, Tenorio posted messages on his Facebook wall, apologizing for what he did.
Tenorio was subsequently arrested and detained at the Malaybalay police station.
Camp Alagar spokesman Supt. Surki Sereñas said Tenorio shot his wife inside a kiosk in the campus. At that time, the victim was preparing for the annual “Brigada Eskwela” clean-up program ahead of the opening of classes.
Sereñas said the suspect sat and waited for his wife to come.
After the shooting, Tenorio fled the crime scene on his blue Yamaha motorcycle without a license plate, Sereñas said.
Sereñas said initial investigation indicated that the shooting death was drugelated.
“They argued often because the suspect had a serious drug problem,” said Sereñas
Malaybalay police director Supt. Henry Dambal said police seized from the suspect a caliber .45 pistol with seven bullets.
At the crime scene, investigators found cartridges and a deformed bullet from a pistol.
“Sige naman sila away jud. Naa naman gani barangay protection. Jealousy jud. Buotan man iya wife. Paranoid lang jud siya because of drugs,” the suspect’s relative, who asked not to be named, told Gold Star Daily yesterday.
She said Tenorio was forced to an early retirement from the Bureau of Fire Protection because of a drug abuse case.
“Naa siya drug case so gipa early (retirement) na lang kay wala’y makuha,” Tenorio’s relative said.
Tenorio’s wife succumbed to three gunshot wounds from a .45 pistol, police investigation showed. Authorities said they rushed Florina to the Bukidnon Provincial Hospital where a physician declared her dead on arrival.
After the shooting, the suspect fled the crime scene and went back to their residence in Azura Subdivision, Casisang, where he stayed for hours before his arrest.
“After niya pagpusil nag (post pa’g) status siya. Napalibutan na ila house og pulis. Ga self-pity naman na siya kay wala siya work. Then iya mga siblings and parents tua na sa London, maayo na ang kahimtang,” the suspect’s relative said.
At 11:22 am, Tuesday, Tenorio posted on Facebook: “My apologies to all! Dili na (nako) kaya, my god please forgive us sinners.” At 11:35 am, he posted: “Mandamay pa unta ko pero dili nako kaya.”
The relative said they were more concerned for the suspect’s son who saw his mother get shot by his own father.
“Naa pa jud ila usa ka anak didto sa school. Nakita sa bata after na pagpusil kay nag dula-dula man ang bata,” the source said.