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Man kills lover in Manila

A 25-year-old woman was allegedly killed by her 27-year-old common-law husband during a heated argument yesterday in Binondo, Manila, police said. Police identified the victim as Annabelle Murin of Happy Land, Road 10, Tondo, Manila.

Initial investigation disclosed that Reggie Torio, a barangay tanod of Barangay 270, Zone 25, Binondo, was patrolling M. de Santos corner Asuncion Sts. when he noticed Murin and the suspect, Luis Santos, a tricycle driver, having an argument around 12:30 a.m.

At the height of their argument, Torio said Santos stabbed Murin using a pair of scissors. Torio immediately arrested the suspect while Murin was taken to the Justice Jose Abad Stantos Hospital where he died at around 2:19 a.m. “I did not even know that I stabbed her.

All that I could remember was that she pushed her body near me,” the suspect told police. Santos claimed that the victim was always jealous and would often pick a fight with him The other day, he said, the victim came to him at the wrong time.

“I was so tired and sleepy because I had been driving the pedicab for the whole night and she came to me and said a mouthful yet again,” the suspect said, adding that he wanted to avoid the confrontation but the victim kept on coming near him and even punched him several times. Police said murder charges are set to be filed against Santos. (Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos and Jenny F. Manongdo)