Dad made ultimate sacrifice in saving daughter from abusive boyfriend

Suspect Bernardino Santos

A FATHER was shot dead on Monday in Dasmariñas City while saving his daughter from her abusive boyfriend.

Witnesses identified the suspects as Bernardino Santos, alias “Salman Ampuan,” 22, a resident of 2276 Bgy. Pinagkaisa, Quezon City and a cohort who was identified only as “Fajad,” reportedly a resident of Litex Market, Barangay Commonwealth, also in QC.

The incident happened at about 4:00 p.m. in front of the victim’s house at Block 90, Lot 20, Phase 9, Bautista Property, Bgy. Sampaloc 4, Dasmarinas City.

Prior to the incident, victim Richard Umpacan, 47, has taken custody of his pregnant teen-aged daughter (name withheld) who was living in with Santos in a house in Commonwealth, Quezon City.

The father was concerned that the physical assaults might endanger, not only his daughter’s life, but as well as the unborn child in her womb.

The furious Santos allegedly sent a warning to his girlfriend’s family that someone was going to get killed if the woman would not be returned to him.

Umpacan ignored the warning and continued to keep his daughter in their house in Dasmarinas City.

At about 4:00 p.m., Santos and Fajad came to the Umpacan residence. Santos forced his way inside the house even as his girlfriend’s siblings and mother tried to prevent him from doing so.

Suspect Fajad

Once inside the house, Santos allegedly grabbed his girlfriend and tried to pull her out of the house. At this juncture, Umpacan rushed to help her daughter.

Santos’s companion, Fajad, apparently acting on his order, pulled out a gun and shot Umpacan in the head. The two quickly fled the scene as Umpacan fell on the pavement.

While at large, Santos has continue issuing threats to the members of Umpacan family.

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