Marciano Contaoe
Marciano Contaoe
Background information
Occupation Soldier
Born ca. 1956
Penalty 300 years in prison
Imprisoned at Camp Bagong Diwa
Attack information
Date May 21, 1988
Location(s) Taguig, Philippines
Killed 9
Injured 4
Weapon(s) M-16
.45-caliber pistol

Marciano Contaoe was a Filipino marine sergeant who killed nine people and wounded four others in Taguig, Philippines on May 21, 1988. He was arrested a few days later and sentenced to 300 years in prison.[1][2][3][4][5]


In the 1970s Contaoe took part in the campaign against Muslim separatist guerillas in the southern Philippines, and in June 1976 he received training in advanced civil aviation security in the United States. At the time of the shooting he had been a member of the Presidential Security Group, a guard force assigned to protect the president of the Philippines, for two years and trained the guards in marksmanship.[6][7]


On the evening of May 21, 1988 Contaoe was drinking together with several others at the home of sergeant Jose Dalupay in Signal Village, a housing estate in Taguig populated mainly by soldiers and their families, where he became drunk and showed off his weapon skills by shooting glasses from a table. A short while later, after one of the others had taunted him with the statement that the military had failed to end crime in their neighbourhood, he pulled out his .45-caliber pistol and shot three of his drinking companions. Two of them died on the spot, while the third later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.[6][7][8][9]

Contaoe then ran home, where he fetched an M-16 assault rifle and put on ammunition belts. Back in the street he shot and wounded two other marine sergeants and a woman, before entering the home of Eliseo Jordias. There he fired at Jordias and his four children, aged 11, 8, 5, and 3 years, causing fatal injuries to two of the children, and wounding the others. Killing a taxi driver on his way the 32-year-old afterwards fled together with his wife and two children to Bautista, Pangasinan. He discarded his rifle in a grassland near a neighbouring town, where it was later found by police. In total the shooting had lasted for 20 minutes, claimed the lives of nine people and wounded four others.[6][7][8][9][10][11]

A manhunt, including prestdent Aquino's security guard, was initiated and Contaoe eventually surrendered to his commander, colonel Voltaire Gazmin on May 24, after one of his colleagues had negotiated a safe conduct pass for him. After handing over his pistol he was taken to the capital command.[6][8][12]


  • Romulo Cahimat
  • Fernando Carandang
  • Jesus Ebo, sergeant
  • Emerenciana Ebo
  • Benlen Jordias
  • Letlet Jordias
  • Jovito Marabella
  • Alfredo Tirado
  • Benjamin Villano

Those wounded were Eliseo Jordias, Milyn Jordias, Sgt. Babay, and a person indentified only as Junior.


On March 21, 1989 Contaoe was sentenced by a military court to a total of 300 years in prison – thirty years for each of the murders, and thirty years for those wounded. He was then detained at the Camp Bagong Diwa stockade in Bicutan, Taguig. The sentence was confirmed in September 1990.[13][14][15][16]


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