Bodies of 8 massacred fishers found recovered PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 January 2014 15:03

Eight decomposing bodies of fishermen who were massacred off Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay on Christmas Day, were recovered at high seas between Sacol Island and Manicahan last Friday afternoon.

The decomposing bodies were recovered aboard a motorized banca by lawmen and fishermen around 5:30 p.m.

DZT gathered that two more fishermen were still missing after the sea attack.

Men of the Scene of the Crime Operative conducted post mortem examinations on the cadavers.

To recall, 11 badjaos of Sangali, two of children, went fishing on Christmas Day at the border of Licomo, Zamboanga City and Zamboanga Sibugay where they were attacked by gunmen.

Two of them survived the attack by pretending to be dead. When the gunmen left the place they jumped into the sea and were plucked from the water by other fishermen.

The two survivors, Muksim Ampasali and Loloy Ampasali, suffered bullet wounds in the body and were taken to a hospital in this city.

DZT gathered that Bakren Doroh Ganeh Kalbe, a fisherman, told policemen in Zamboanga Sibugay that the attack took place near Pandilosan Island, somewhere in the border of Licomo and Tungawan, around 11 p.m.

It was learned that the two Ampasalis along with their nine companions — all residents of Seaside,  Sangali — were aboard three pumpboats on a fishing venture when gunmen believed to be members of a Moro National Liberation Front lost command held and placed them in one area where they were sprayed with gunfire.

Muksin and Loloy who were wounded pretended to be dead until the gunmen left the place. They jumped into the sea, clung to a styrofoam and were later plucked from the water by some residents who brought them to the hospital. — Dan Toribio Jr.