The chief of police in Javier, Leyte, shot dead a man who stabbed his own wife during the graduation ceremony of a local school over the weekend.

Senior Insp. Jimmy Boy Balasanos said he opted to shoot Alejandro Ladan, 45, as the latter was already putting his wife Nilfa’s life in danger.

The incident occurred around 11:35 a.m. Sunday during the graduation rites for high school students of the East Visayan Adventist Academy in Brgy. San Sotero.

Nilfa, an overseas Filipino worker who just returned home, was accompanying her graduating daughter when her husband suddenly went inside the school and dragged her out, Balasanos said in a phone interview.

As they reached the entrance, Alejandro arm-choked his wife and started stabbing her side with a four-inch knife, according to the police official.

Balasanos, who happened to be outside the building, saw what was happening and intervened.

“Nagkataon na nandoon ako, so sinubukan ko siyang (Ladan) i-disarm, pero inundayan niya rin ako, buti nakaiwas ako at maliit lang ang tama ko sa braso,” he said.

Another man eventually helped Balasanos in trying to wrest the knife from Alejandro, but the latter continued stab his wife, forcing the officer to shoot.

“Iba ‘yung saksak niya (Ladan), parang ikinakalikot pa sa loob, so wala na akong ibang recourse kundi i-immobilize siya,” Balasanos said, adding that Nilfa suffered broken ribs.

But despite being shot in the body, Alejandro still allegedly continued to stab his wife so Balasanos fired again, this time bringing the attacker down.

“Na-disrupt ‘yung graduation pero naituloy pa rin, kasi nung mangyari ang insidente ay ilang minuto na lang yung ceremony,” Balasanos said.

Investigators have yet to determine what made Alejandro try to kill his wife, who is still recuperating in the hospital as of this writing.

It was learned that the couple have long been living separately before the incident, with Nilfa and her daughter staying at her parents’ home in MacArthur town, and Alejandro in Tacloban City. (John Roson)

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