According to Sun Star, a 40-year old woman in Cebu City was killed with a kitchen knife by her partner, with whom she’s been living for three years. The victim was identified as Yvette Taboada, an employee of Cebu City Hall’s Human Resource Development Office. The cause of death was allegedly a fatal wound to the throat.
Her partner, 42-year-old Ricardo Baguio, reportedly killed her in a rage after she accused him of cheating on her. He is currently detained at the Cebu City Police station 10. Baguio was about to return to the Middle East, where he is currently employed before he committed the crime.
Speaking to authorities, he said he lost his temper after Taboada kept “nagging him” while they were watching television.
Taboada’s relatives found this hard to believe, because according to them, it was Baguio who would often act out in fits of jealousy.
1 in 5 women aged 15-49 experience violence in the Philippines
According to the Philippine Commission on Women, 1 in 5 women between the age of 15 to 49 have experienced physical violence since the age of 15.
14.4% of married women have been physically abused by their husbands and more than a third (37%) of separated or widowed women have been subject to violence at the hands of their husbands.
4% of women have also experienced violence while they were pregnant. While 8% of married women had been subjected to sexual violence by their husbands. More than 10% of abused women reported severe injuries; a similar number admitted they tried to commit suicide.
Emotional violence still remains most common in the Philippines: 23% of married women shared they experienced this.
What to do if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence
First, make sure that you or the victim of abuse is in a safe place, beyond the reach of the alleged abuser before letting a trusted relative or friend know. You can also contact these emergency hotlines.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Batasan Pambansa Complex, Quezon City
Tel. No.: (02)931-8101 to 07
DSWD –NCR Ugnayan Pag-asa Crisis Intervention Center
Tel. No.: (02) 734-8639/ 734-8654/ 734-8626 to 27
Philippine National Police (PNP)
Camp Crame, Quezon City
Tel. No.: 723-0401 to 20
PNP-Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC)
Camp Crame, Quezon City
Tel. No.: 410-3213
NBI-Violence Against Women and Children Desk (VAWCD)
Taft Avenue, Manila
Tel. No.: 523-8231 to 38 or 525-6028
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