Murder suspect allegedly commits suicide

Posted at 09/21/12 12:48 PM
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A man died after he allegedly jumped off a hotel with his wife in Bato, Southern Leyte last Wednesday.

Reynaldo Castillo died after he jumped off the 3rd floor of Zam and JB Hotel with his wife Marwena, who is now in critical condition.

Hotel employees said the couple checked in at the hotel on Sunday. The hotel attendant on duty said the incident happened at around 2 a.m.

Reynaldo, a councilor of Bontoc town, succumbed to his wounds at the Hilongos Hospital, while Marwena remains in critical condition at the OSPA–Farmers' Medical Center in Ormoc City.

Bato Police found a suicide note inside the couple's hotel room believed to be written by Marwena.

Contact numbers of people whom they supposedly wanted to be informed of the incident were written on the note.

The relatives of the victims have no clue as to what triggered to jump off the building.

"Wala akong nalalaman, nabigla nalang ako. Wala akong masasabi sa kapatid ko, mabuti siyang tao," said Florencia Asares, Reynaldo's sister.

However, police revealed that Reynaldo was tagged in the murder of a woman in a hotel in Maasin City last September 7. A closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage showed him entering the hotel with the victim.

The relatives of the victims declined to comment about Reynaldo's murder case.

However, they noted that Marwena was suffering from breast cancer.

- Umagang Kay Ganda, September 21 2012