8 dead in 2 mass murders in Comval, Tacurong City PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 14:17

Police investigators are looking into the grizzly killing of eight people in two separate incidents in the province of Compostela Valley and Tacurong City on Sunday and Monday.

A police report said that four men were found dead with hack wounds in their bodies in Compostela Valley on Sunday, while the bodies of four others, including two women, with gunshot wounds, were discovered in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat province on Monday.

Police said the four dead men were found in two separate areas — at a lemon farm and banana plantatation — in the town of Nabunturan, Compostela Valley.

Bombo Radyo quoted the police as saying the killing was brutal as the victims were rendered defenseless.

Police described the mass killing as “summary execution”. They did not elaborate.

Four other people, two of them women, were found with multiple gunshot wounds, while another was in seriously wounded in what police authorities described as a possible case of summary execution outside Tacurong City in Sultan Kudarat on Monday.

Supt. Junie Buenacosa, Tacurong City police chief, said the four dead persons and a woman who was severely wounded were discovered in the village of New Lagao, Tacurong City.

Buenacosa said the three women —2 dead and one wounded — were listed in a police report as “guest relations officers” of local karaoke bar, while two others were described as drivers.

The lone survivor, Regine Ole Dalogdog, 24, was placed under heavy guard in a local hospital as investigators were trying to get some crucial statements from her regarding the murder.

Buenacosa said residents initially found the victims near a rice field early Monday and immediately reported the matter to the police.

“The four victims were already dead due to multiple gunshot wounds by the time we arrived at the site,” he said.

Buenacosa said the fifth victim was found alive but in critical condition and was immediately rushed to the Tamondong Hospital in Tacurong City.

He said they recovered at the scene a three-wheel utility vehicle called tricycle that was believed to have ferried the victims from the village of Lagao to Tacurong City.

Citing initial investigation, Buenacosa said the victims were on their way to Tacurong City proper when their tricycle was flagged down Sunday night by unidentified armed men.

Apparently, police investigators said the victims were ordered to lie down on the ground before opening fire on them.

Buenacosa said the murderers could just be from a nearby village as they left the scene on foot.

“Our investigation is still ongoing and we’re currently looking at a number of angles,” he said.