'Salvage' victims found in Bacolod, Himamaylan

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Friday, October 12, 2012


TWO victims of salvaging or summary killings were recovered in Bacolod and Himamaylan cities Wednesday and Thursday.

Himamaylan Philippine National Police (PNP) commander Antonietto Canete identified the victim as Arnel Piquit, 31, of Barangay Nanonga, Hinigaran town, Negros Occidental, while in Bacolod City, it is still unidentified and marked as “Mr. X.”

Canete said Piquit was found dead at the national road of Binalbagan town going to Himamaylan at Sitio Panate, Barangay Aguisan, Himamaylan City around 10:40 p.m. Wednesday.

He said the body of Piquit was found by Benjie Sagon, who happened to pass by the area. Cañete said Piquit sustained 10 hack wounds in the right portion of his neck.

The body of the victim was brought to a Himamaylan City hospital and his family was already informed.

On the other hand, Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Director Ricardo De la Paz said the body of unidentified person or "Mr. X" was found at Hacienda Gonzaga, Barangay Mansilingan, around 1 a.m. Thursday.

De la Paz said "Mr. X" was found lying face down with a gunshot wound at the back of his head in a pathway of a sugarcane field at Hacienda Gonzaga, Barangay Mansilingan.

He said two concerned citizens claimed that around 1 a.m., they heard two gunshots in the area and when they checked, they found the body of the victim lying face down on the ground.

He said the victim has several tattoos in different parts of his body, wearing short and two white t-shirts, 5 feet in height, medium build, and fair complexion and in 20-25 years old. His hands bear marks that he was tied and has hematoma in his face shows that he was beaten.

De la Paz said he already instructed Station 7 commander Levy Pangue to conduct further investigation to identify the victim.

He said it is an isolated case and there is no group monitored to be involved in salvaging in Bacolod City.

The city director also appealed to the public to help identity the victim.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 12, 2012.

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