Our worker is shot to death by his younger brother in Guimaras, the island province in the Philippines we call home. I was stunned when my wife announced to me that: ” Melchor is dead!”
We had just returned this past Thursday afternoon from a mini-vacation in Bacolod, “The City of Smiles,” when my wife gave me the shocking news. Our brother-in-law, Joery, who is painting our new house in the Philippines, gave my asawa the sad report.
Paterno Tacaisan, 36, shot dead his older brother Melchor, 42, on Wednesday evening, Jan, 20, after Melchor tried to calm down Paterno when he became started becoming rowdy during a birthday celebration: “Go to sleep, Bro!” was Melchor’s admonition to his younger brother.
But Paterno was pissed and quickly drew his .357 and shot his eldest brother in the upper chest!
Melch was DOA by the time they reached the local provincial hospital in Guimaras.
Melchor and another brother, BongBong, had been working on our new pool and have been on our crew for over a year, helping to build our new home in the Philippines.
In fact, Joery and one of our workers, DP, were at Melchor’s that lunchtime for a birthday celebration that tragic day for a seven-year-old relative. Neither Melchor or brother BongBong went to work that day.
My brother-in-law reported that Melchor was happy and dancing and having a great time at that lunch. Little did anyone know at that time the tragic events that would unfold in sleepy Guimaras province.
After Paterno killed his older brother he took off on his motorcycle and ditched the .357.
The killer later showed up at the Jordan police station with his wife and turned himself in. However, he filed a police blotter in which he reported Melchor and he were struggling with the gun and it accidentally discharged. Family members at the scene have disputed that account with their own police blotter report.
Paterno was promptly arrested.
Melchor’s mother filed a complaint against the son as Paterno was reported to have also threatened the dead man’s six siblings and their mother.
We recently sponsored Melchor’s daughter, Merry Joy, at a christening.
But there was no argument going on as reported by some online newspapers account. It has been reported that Paterno may also have been using drugs.
Melchor’s body will be at their house until the funeral, February 7, 2016, at the Municipal Cemetery in Jordan, Guimaras, at 1:30 pm.
It’s a common practice in the Philippines for the bodies of loved ones that have passed away to be displayed at the home so visitors can drop by. We recently paid our respects to the family and I admit to fighting back tears when expressing my condolences to Melchor’s wife, mother and father.
We’re praying for the family every evening. I cannot convey in mere words the sadness I feel over this tragedy. I’m still in a state of disbelief waiting for Melch to show up in our back yard smoking a cigarette and digging away.
We’ll miss you, Melchor.