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Armed men massacre family of five in Samar

A family of five was massacred in broad daylight Tuesday by seven armed men in fatigue uniform and bonnets in Barangay Victory, Calbayog City, Police Chief Superintendent Ernesto Salvador Tejada said Wednesday.

The victims were identified as Sonny Regulacion, 38; his wife Adelia, 42; and their children Princess Christine Joy, 5; Angel Mae, 2; and Cristina, an infant.

Sonny was reported to be a known leader of city Mayor Ronald Aquino.

Two neighbors, 38-year-old Marlene Natayangga and a seven-year-old girl, were also hit by stray bullets. They have been declared out of danger and are now recuperating at the Saint Camillus Hospital, Tejada said.

Investigators said Sonny and his family were in the house of his brother Teban when the incident happened.

“Accordingly, Sonny was outside the house and in a hammock while his family was inside the house when the armed men arrived there and without a word started to shoot at them,” Tejada said, quoting from the investigation report.

Tejada said investigators were still trying to identify the suspects who fled to the mountains after they shot the victims.

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