Another body dumped in Oro

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Friday, July 18, 2014


ANOTHER male body placed inside a sack was found 20 meters away from Macapagal Road in Barangay Upper Carmen on Thursday.

It is the second time a body was dumped in the area.

Police Officer 3 (PO3) Cyril Timtim of Carmen police noticed a foul smell around 6 a.m. in the area when they were patrolling. Then, they went down to a ravine to verify the content of a white pig feed bag that they saw from a distance.

Authorities said the cadaver was in a state of decomposition since worms were seen feasting on it.

Clad only in plain white underwear, the victim's head was wrapped in plastic cellophane while a plastic cable wire was tied around his neck.

Dr. West Edquila, Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) team leader, said the victim had a stab wound on his upper abdomen.

However, no traces of proof were found that he was killed in the area.

"The man had been dead for more than 24 hours as seen in the post-mortem," said Edquila in a radio interview Thursday morning.

The identity of the victim has remained unknown to authorities, as the man's face was beyond recognition.

The body has tribal tattoos and sunbeams inked on his body.

Police said his tattoo marking is similar with the ones found on the other victims' bodies which were found dumped in various places in the city and in Misamis Oriental.

Edquila is calling on families who have lost a member to inform the police for possible identification.

The victim stands 5'1” to 5'4” tall and with lean body. He is around 20 to 30 years old.

A funeral parlor was compelled to bury the remains of the victim since its smell bothers its neighbors. No claimants showed up Tuesday.

Last year, a person identified to be a fake policeman was also dumped a few meters from the area.

In June and July this year, the body dumped in Macapagal Road is the fifth recorded in northern Mindanao, police records showed.

Recently, other victims of summary execution were set on fire after killing them. At least half a dozen of these burned bodies were found in Barangay Indahag in the city, barangays Natumulan and Sta. Ana in Tagoloan towns in Misamis Oriental, and another in Barangay Gango in Libona, Bukidnon.

The Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo) vowed to reduce the crime rate in the city by 50 percent this year as police projects 30,000 crimes to happen in 2014.

According to a report of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office in northern Mindanao, Cagayan de Oro has contributed to the surge of crime rate in the region by 55 percent.

Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares, Cocpo chief, is confident to achieve the reduction of crime by 50 percent.

"This would not stop us from pursuing our goals. I know it will be hard. We are not a perfect organization but what's important is we're trying to do our best. The bottom line is we will serve the people," he told this paper in a previous interview.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 18, 2014.

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