By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
Orlando and Hiede Estreras, despite not having children, were a happy couple for 16 years, before that fateful day when the husband decided to chop his wife into pieces, calling her a “Satan”.
This was what their neighbors said, who had previously seen the couple nearly everyday leaving their home at Saint Michael Extension, Republic Avenue in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City, and coming back , holding each other’s hands.
“Kaya ko ginawa yun ay para maligtas tayo kay Satanas. Wala akong pinagsisisihan dahil ginawa ko ‘yun para hindi na siya makapaghasik ng lagim,” this was what 43-year-old Orlando said when he was presented to the media at the Quezon City Police District headquarters in Camp Karingal on Monday. Orlando added incoherent ideas and religious concepts.
Before telling bizarre stories of Satan, Orlando said he hated how he was overpowered by his wife, and how he was not being appreciated by her.
The couple were both working as maintenance personnel at the Sisters of Mount Carmel Catholic School in Fairview, Quezon City but the school refused to disclose details about the couple.
He narrated to the reporters how he killed his 46-year-old wife, who neighbors said, was diagnosed with myoma.
Officials already discounted the possibility of Orlando being high in illegal drugs when he committed the crime as drug tests from the crime laboratory yielded negative results.
However, Orlando admitted that he used illegal drugs, particularly shabu, way back in 2002, before marrying Hiede when they were still in Davao Oriental.
“Nangangailangan talaga siya ng psychological and psychiatric evaluation by a competent physician para malaman kung anong state of his mental condition,” Police Official Eleazar told the reporters, adding that no person in his right mind would do this thing.
“He is a danger to society and should not be out in public,” Eleazar added.
But Hiede’s cousin, in a news report, does not believe Orlando’s tale. Police said that the couple just moved in here in Quezon City from Davao Oriental about two years ago.
According to their neighbors, the couple had been living in their house along Republic Avenue for more than a year now, after their former home was razed by a fire that hit a residential area in the same barangay.
It was also learned that Orlando worked before as a meat butcher which apparently explained the manner by which he killed his wife
QCPD Homicide Division chief Elmer Monsalve said that seven pieces of mangled body parts, pair of legs, arms, breasts, and the torso, were found by the authorities outside the couple’s house along with some of their belongings. Hiede’s internal organs were also removed from her body.
These were also the same body pieces seen by a 13-year-old boy who saw Orlando on doorstep.
The boy said he ran away and narrated what he saw to their adult neighbors who in turn called the police.
Police later arrested Orlando who never left the house after the incident. He was caught with traces of flesh and brains..
Last Monday night, Orlando was the subject of an inquest at the Quezon City prosecutor’s office.