ILIGAN CITY -- The body of a man recovered by authorities at Barangay Ragayan, Poona Bayabao town, Lanao del Sur, was identified by family members Wednesday, March 1.
The body of Deodomi Dela Peña, 60, a resident of Opol town, Misamis Oriental, was identified by his children who said their father was last seen alive February 22.
Dela Pena is a rent-a-car driver who was reportedly picking up passengers at the Bulua Bus Terminal.
"Anang February 21 sa gabii, mga alas-10 kapin, nag-text pa siya, nagpahibalo nga naa siya sa Bulua terminal, namasahero siya og per head paingon sa Iligan. Gitubag nako nga mag-amping siya, dili na siya molapas sa Iligan (He texted me passed 10 p.m. last February 21 and informed me that he and some passengers were on their way to Iligan City. I told him to be careful and not t go beyond Iligan)," said a family member who refused to be identified.
The family member said she saw her father again the next morning, February 22, at about 7 a.m. just before he boarded a van with plate number AAW 7594.
Dela Peña was identified by his family through his maong shorts, black jacket with a Nike logo on his t-shirt, and necklace.
The team composed of soldiers from the 103rd Brigade, the 65th Infantry Battalion (IB), Philippine National Police in Lanao del Sur and Scene Of the Crime Operatives recovered Dela Pena’s remains around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 28.
Military sources said they recovered the cadaver based on the information given by the detained suspect who was arrested last February 24 in a carjacking incident in Iligan City.
The suspect, identified as Diamen Alonto, only said that the victim was the driver of a Toyota Grandia van that was carnapped by Alonto’s group on February 22.
It was also Alonto who described where they buried the cadaver.
Military sources said Alonto’s statement coincided with information on a log book recovered from another suspect, Azam Ampatua.
Ampatua and his unidentified companion were killed by authorities. Both men were said to be members of the Maute terror group.
He was also said to be responsible for the beheading of two sawmill workers from Iligan City on April 11 last year in Butig, Lanao del Sur.
Ampatua’s log book reportedly contained the names of persons they liquidated and to be liquidated including the names of some prosecutors.