Brgy. official uses body to shield his family-A A +A
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
AS BULLETS whizzed by, Alexander Alqueza shielded his family from getting hit.
The 68-year-old village chief of Barangay Captain Claudio in Toledo City wrapped his arms around his partner Irene Wamelda, 28, and four-year-old adopted son.
“Iyang gialihan para maprotektahan sila (He shielded them),” said Chief Insp. Michael Anthony Bastes, Toledo City Police chief.
The boy, when interviewed by Sun.Star Cebu, said he slipped down the front seat of their multicab when gunshots rang out. He survived unscathed.
Alqueza sustained four gunshot wounds. Wamelda, a barangay councilwoman, died after a bullet hit her in the left arm and body.
Vicente, Wamelda’s father, believed his daughter was not the target. Wamelda who was a second-termer barangay councilwoman, didn’t have enemies when she ran.
Vicente said his daughter also didn’t tell him about death threats.
“Nahibong gyud mi (We were shocked),” he said.
People cried when Wamelda’s body was brought to their house while their adopted son had no idea about what happened.
Vicente said the couple started their relationship when Wamelda was still 16. Alqueza is separated from his wife.
“Siya sad ang nagpaeskwela sa akong anak (She spent for my son’s studies),” he said.
Wamelda had finished a two-year computer science course.
Because the couple couldn’t have children, they adopted the son of Wamelda’s sister.
According to Wamelda’s relatives, Alqueza had wanted his live-in partner to be the next barangay captain. Alqueza is on his last term.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 05, 2014.