‘Mentally ill’ man hacks praying nun

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

A PRAYER session was disrupted when an alleged mentally ill man went amok inside an abbey in Consolacion, Cebu early yesterday morning, seriously wounding one of the nuns.

Sister Annabel Macas, 36, suffered severe injuries in the head and back when she was attacked by Ramilo Tampus, 26, with a 19-inch long bolo, police said.

Senior Insp. Franco Rudolf Oriol, officer-in-charge of Consolacion Police Station, said the nuns, who were praying at 8 a.m., were shocked when Tampus barged inside the Ave Maria Franciscan Sister Monastery and attacked them.


Macas got hit in the head and back, while the other nuns scampered
to safety.

Tampus then left the abbey located in an isolated area in Barangay Sacsac, which is about five kilometers away from the town proper.

Macas, a resident of Talisay City, was rushed to the North General Hospital in Barangay Talamban, Cebu City.

She was transferred to Cebu Doctors Hospital for further treatment.

A concerned citizen called up the police for help. The responding team of police officers caught Tampus who was walking by the roadside in the neighboring Barangay Tolotolo.


He was reportedly still holding the bolo he allegedly used in the attack. Oriol told Sun.Star Cebu that Tampus had been reported by the nuns to the barangay and to the police several times for causing noise in the area. This is one of the motives being looked into by the town police.

Oriol learned from Tampus’s family that the suspect was scheduled to be brought to an institution.

“Mga ka lima na namo siya girespondihan sa una pero dili madakpan kay motago man (We received at least five alarms involving him, but we were never able to cath him),” he said.

Tampus gained entrance to the abbey, which was secured by a 10-foot wall, by climbing a tree.

In an interview, Tampus admitted hacking Macas but declined to explain why he did it.

“Ako gitigbas. Mao to akong gibuhat (I hacked her),” he said. When asked what he does for a living, he said he used to work in a call center company.

Later, he said, he was a police officer.

As of yesterday, Oriol said Macas underwent an operation. A complaint of frustrated murder may be filed against Tampus. (DSM)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 06, 2014.

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