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Domestic violence: Habal-habal driver nabbed for beating wife

By: by Paul Lauro, Mark Bandolon - Correspondent/CDN Digital, CTU Intern - CDN Digital | February 03,2024 - 07:15 AM

A habal-habal driver was arrested on Thursday, February 1, 2024, after his wife accused him of domestic violence. | Dalaguete MPS FB Photo via Paul Lauro

CEBU CITY, Philippines – A battered wife who could no longer stand years of domestic violence had her husband arrested in Dalaguete town, southern Cebu on Thursday.

The 29-year-old wife who resides in Barangay, Mantalongon of the said town, called local police to report domestic violence by her husband, revealed a police report.

This led to the arrest of a 39-year-old habal-habal driver who goes by the alias “Lando,” at past 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2024.

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Police Staff Sergeant Job Joseph Fajardo, desk officer of the Dalaguete Police Station, said that the couple has been married for five years.

They also have two daughters aged 5 and 3.   

He added that they have not received any previous reports of domestic violence committed by the husband probably because the wife had kept those painful instances to herself. 

According to the report, the woman could no longer take the abuse and aggressions of her husband, which intensifies when he is intoxicated.

The man, however, reportedly did not hurt the children.

The wife’s fears were compounded by the fact that her husband owned a gun, the report said.

After suffering for so long, the wife decided it’s about time to end years of domestic violence and sought the help of authorities. 

Fajardo told CDN Digital in a phone interview that the suspect did not resist arrest. He was brought to the town’s custodial facility on Thursday.

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Operatives also seized a .38 caliber revolver from Lando.

Fajardo said that the suspect admitted hurting his wife whenever he is drunk.

He said the wife will be seeking medical treatment for the bruises she suffered on different parts of her body from the domestic violence. 

Lando is currently detained at the custodial facility of  the Dalaguete Police Station.

The report said that he will likely face charges for possession of loose firearms and for violation of Republic Act 9262, also known as the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children (Anti-VAWC) Act of 2004.

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