A man killed his wife and five children inside their home in Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte, during an apparent fit of depression or insanity, police confirmed Wednesday.

Housewife Adeta Catoy and her kids Merlyn, 10, Mylene, 6, Reneboy, 4, Aileen, 3, and Dylene, 1, died on the spot after the suspect smashed their heads and bodies with rocks, Senior Insp. Chamer Lacay, Roxas Police chief, said.

Pepito Catoy, 32, killed his wife and kids around 11 p.m. Sunday at their home in Sitio Sapa Ibo, Brgy. Panampalay, Lacay said.

“Inisa-isa sila, mula dun sa asawa at pinakamatandang anak hanggang sa pinakabata. Pinaghahampas sila ng dalawang malaking bato na ginagamit na sangkalan ng kaldero kapag nagluluto,” Lacay said by phone.

Police only learned of the incident 5:30 a.m. Monday as the crime scene was located in the mountains, far from the town proper where the police station is located, he said.

“Ang nakikita ko dito, sobrang depressed siya (Catoy) kasi naisangla niya ‘yung kanyang niyugan. Isa pa ay parang may diperensiya sa pag-iisip, ‘yung family niya rin ay may history ng parricide,” Lacay said.

“Kahit ngayon na naka-detain na dito sa amin ay minsan, may mga kakaiba pa rin siyang ginagawa sa cell niya. Pero finile pa rin namin ‘yung kaso, bahala na ‘yung court mag-decide,” the police official added. (John Roson)

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