ISABELA – A former Army soldier shot his own son after they argued over cattle ownership in Purok 1, Barangay Calimaturod in Cordon town here Saturday, July 11.
According to Isabela Provincial Police Spokesperson Capt. Francess Littaua, 76-year old Eusebio Agustin, a former Army soldier and a resident of Purok 1, Barangay Calimaturod, had a heated argument with his son Nikko Jay Agustin, 29, a resident of Centro 1, San Guillermo town, that led to the shooting.
Investigator on case Police Chief Master Sergeant Franklin Alvarez said that at around 7 a.m. Saturday, the young Agustin arrived at his father’s residence accompanied by a friend, seeking permission to sell the elder Agustin’s cattle.
But Eusebio refused, and this angered Nikko Jay, who had a homemade shotgun with him and proceeded to point this at his father.
The elder Agustin was able to grapple for possession of the shotgun with his son until he was able to finally grab it from him. Blinded by rage, the father repeatedly shot at the son until he lay dead.
Eusebio promptly surrendered to the police after they arrived at the crime scene.
It was learned that the young Agustin needed money for the education of his children, and was seeking to sell his father’s cattle.
“Nabenta na niya ang tatlo naming alagang hayop, at pang apat na ito kaya hindi na ako pumayag, saka nya ako tinutukan at papatayin,” the ex-military told police.
The elder Agustin also told the police that had Nikko Joy only asked him for money, he would be willing to help pay for the education of his grandchildren.
“But what he wanted was to sell my cattle,” he said.
Police said, suspect was charged for homicide at the provincial prosecutor’s office on Monday.