Illegal drugs possibly caused Cavite shooting spree: psychiatrist

Posted at 01/05/13 3:52 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Illegal drugs may be the reason behind Ronald Bae's shooting rampage in Kawit, Cavite Friday morning, a psychiatrist said.

Dr. Bernadette Arcenas told radio dzMM Saturday that the use of illegal drugs may have influenced Bae's state of mind, and may have given him delusions and hallucinations.

"Ang droga ay nagpapaiba talaga ng kaisipan ng tao. Iba na ang takbo kasi eh, 'yung tipong may mga delusions na 'yan, hallucinations. Iba na eh, akala mo sa 'yo 'yung mundo," she said.

In an exclusive interview with dzMM Friday night, Maria Elena Bae, estranged wife of the gunman, admitted that her former partner used and even peddled illegal drugs.

Police said they also found sachets containing suspected drugs and several drug paraphernalia inside the suspect's house.

Arcenas said it is very important, therefore, to take note of the signs that may indicate one's state of mind has already been affected by the use of illegal drugs.

This is to prevent possibly similar incidents such as this, the psychiatrist said.

"Kapag nagiiba ang ugali, laging nagmumukmok, laging balisa at kung anu-ano na ang pumapasok sa isip at 'di na siya nakakapagtrabaho, 'yun ang mga senyales," she said.

"Kapag may kapamilya kang nakikitang ganun, asap (as soon as possible) 'yan eh. Kailangang mapagamot, kailangang mapatingin kasi mase-save naman siya eh. Ang problema lang kung may denial."

"Kailangang immediate attention bago mangyari ang mga krimen," Arcenas added.

Bae killed at least 8 people and left 10 others injured during his shooting spree. He was shot dead by the police after he refused to surrender.

Meanwhile, his alleged aide John Paul Lopez, who was seen helping Bae load his firearm, may face multiple murder charges, police said.

Senior Supt. Dionisio Borromeo, deputy provincial director of Cavite police, told ANC on Saturday there are witnesses saying suspect Lopez was indeed an accomplice of Bae.

5-yr-old brother says Stephanie Nicole still at hospital

As for the case of five-year-old Ken "Ken-Ken" Ella, brother of seven-year-old stray bullet victim Stephanie Nicole Ella, Arcenas said it may help if the family seeks the assistance of an expert in making the boy accept the tragic death of her sister.

Jay Ella, father of the victim, said Ken-Ken refuses to accept the fate of her sister. The boy just keeps on saying Stephanie Nicole is still seeking treatment at the hospital, Jay said.

"Kasi nandun pa rin 'yung confusion ng isang bata. Wala pa silang masyadong konsepto tungkol sa death. Kailangang mapaintindi ng mga eksperto. Pwede ring magpatingin siya nang maintindihan niya kung ano 'yung nangyayari," Arcenas said.

She also noted it is vital that family members continue to support each other amid their grieving.

"Ang importante dito tulung-tulong sila. They have to experience 'yung loss and at the same time share the feeling with each other."

"Ngayon 'pag nakikita mo na 'di na talaga kaya, 'yung behavior nagiiba na, 'yun 'yung sign na kailangan na talaga nilang magpatingin," she said.

Arcenas added, "The earlier na makabalik sila sa kanilang ginagawa, the better."

Stephanie Nicole died on January 2 after being hit by a stray bullet in the head while watching fireworks in Caloocan on New Year's Eve.

Police have started checking on Friday the .45-caliber pistols of 32 individuals living near the Ella residence for possible identification of the suspect that killed the seven-year-old girl.

A P400,000-bounty has been offered by the Caloocan and Valenzuela local governments for any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect.