|Born|| ca. 1914|
|Penalty||Sentenced to death|
|Date|| October 11, 1956|
|Location(s)||San Nicolas, Philippines|
|Weapon(s)|| Spear |
Salazar, a moro native of Zamboanga, lived with his common-law wife, Maxima Pacho, in San Nicolas. Due to his suspicions that his wife had an affair with her sister's husband, Fortunato Nares, and that the child she was pregnant with was not his own, he planned to vindicate his honor by taking his vengeance on them.
In the morning of October 11, 1956, 42-year-old Salazar asked his wife to go with him to gather nipa for the repair of their house, but when her sister Romana arrived, inviting her to accompany her to her house to get palay, Maxima refused to join her husband. Angry about that Salazar armed himself with a spear and a bolo and first killed his pregnant sister-in-law, before turning against his pregnant wife and his nephew, Fortunato Nares Jr., killing them both. Salazar afterwards made his way through the village and entered four houses, murdering everyone he found therein.
At the school compound he stabbed Manuel Adion in the back with his spear. Though the attack left him severely wounded Adion was able to escape. Salazar then chased two other men, Pablo Paz and Severino Adion, and threw his spear against them, hitting neither of the two, before trying to enter the school house, but as the teacher present had already locked and barricaded door and windows he was unable to force his entrance. Salazar finally went to the chapel and tolled the bell calling for everybody to come. He asked to be killed, but no one dared to obey his request.
Eventually, two armed guards, together with a barrio officer, arrived at the scene and managed to persuade Salazar to surrender, by promising him to shoot and kill him at the wharf, but only after he had signed a piece of paper that was to protect them from repercussions by the authorities. When Salazar lay down his arms, and was about to affix his thumbmark on the paper, he was subdued and arrested.
On October 24, 1956, Salazar's physical and mental state was examined by the chief of the Puerto Princesa Hospital, who found him to be normal and sane. After he had plead guilty, Salazar was sentenced to death once for each of the 16 murders, as well as multi-year prison sentences for frustrated and attempted murder. He was also fined to pay the heirs of his deceased victims 3,000 peso.
On June 30, 1959, during his appeal hearing, the sentence was overall confirmed, but the court found his confession and admission of guilt mitigating, so his conviction for the murders of Maxima and Romana Pacho, as well as Fortunato Nares was changed to reclusion perpetua. The indemnity to his victims' relatives was raised to 6,000 peso.
- ↑ Berserk Filipino Kills Wife and 15, Syracuse Herald-Journal (October 13, 1956)
- ↑ Filipino Kills 16 Persons, The New York Times (October 14, 1956)
- ↑ The people of the Philippines vs. Domingo Salazar at lawphil.net
- ↑ Berserk Filipino kills 16 persons, Eugene Register-Guard (October 14, 1956)
- ↑ Amokmaker doodt 16 personen, De Nieuwsgier (October 15, 1956)