Farmer beheaded in Sagay

A policeman probes the crime scene in Barangay Poblacion 2, Sagay City, Negros Occidental where a farmer’s body was found Sunday, while his severed head is still missing. (Photo courtesy of Sagay City Police Station)

By Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD City – Policemen are looking for the severed head of a farmer whose body was found in a sugarcane field at Purok Buntod, Barangay Poblacion 2, Sagay City, Negros Occidental last Sunday.

Police withheld the name of the 30-year-old victim of the said village.

Lieutenant Hannah Banquil, deputy chief of Sagay City Police Station, said the victim was last seen alive when he attended a purok fiesta.

Banquil said that based on the statements of other fiesta revelers, the victim, who was reportedly drunk, did not figure in any misunderstanding. He went home around 3 a.m.

Banquil believed that the perpetrators may have chanced upon the victim, as his body was found later that day by a nearby resident 300 meters away from the venue of the fiesta.

Banquil said they are looking into more than one suspect who may have ganged up on the victim. But, there were no signs of struggle with the victim’s body, she added.

They are also checking the background of the victim if he had enemies, or if he was just a victim of “tripping” or a random attack.

She said they already have a person of interest, but she did not elaborate pending the investigation.

Meanwhile, a young man was also found dead in Barangay Inolingan, Moises Padilla town.

Major Jovito Bose, town police chief, identified the victim as Jay-r Cris Mongcal of the said village.

Bose said the victim came from a barangay fiesta when he figured in a commotion with three persons who also attended the fiesta.

“Lantaw namon, gin tripan ang victim kay nag-pululi sila na hubog man,” Bose said, adding that they have already identified the three suspects.

The victim suffered multiple stab wounds in the body, while the suspects are still at large.

Bose said that witnesses saw the suspects gang up on the victim. He said the incident was reported late, as the area was far from the town proper.

The victim was identified by his sibling, according to Bose.