ORMOC CITY, Leyte, May 15 — A retired government employee was charged with murder at the Biliran Provincial Prosecution Office for killing the mayor’s aide over jealousy, a local police official confirmed on Monday.

Kawayan, Biliran town police chief Sr. Insp. Ian Salvador Po said Jessue Dingcong, 63, was facing murder offense after killing Guillermo Cipriano, 54, over suspicion that the victim was having an affair with his 65-year old wife, an employee of Culaba, Biliran local government.

The suspect is a retired employee of the Department of Agrarian Reform.

The suspect voluntarily surrendered to the police right after hitting Cipriano on the head, abdomen and chest using a caliber 45 gun. It happened in front of the town mayor’s house in the town center of Kawayan town early Saturday, the police chief added.

Po also said that according to the suspect, the victim was oftentimes observed staying at a hut in front of the mayor’s house just as his wife would leave for work, which made him believe that the victim might have an affair with his wife.

“This suspicion prompted him to commit the crime. The suspect was drunk when he murdered his wife’s alleged lover,” Po said in a mobile phone interview.

The victim, who worked as town mayor’s personal aide is a native of Culaba town, some 35 kilometers from Kawayan. The suspect is the mayor’s neighbor.

Initial investigation established that the motive of the killing is jealousy. The suspect is temporarily detained at the town police lock up cell. (Elvie Roman Roa/PNA)