By Glazyl Y. Masculino
BACOLOD City – Police have yet to identify a man who was found dead at the roadside of Hacienda Mana-ul, Barangay Matab-ang in Talisay City, Negros Occidental yesterday.
Police Capt. Ramil Bustamante, city police chief, said the half-naked victim was found by a motorist who passed by the area around 12:55 a.m.
Bustamante said the victim was hogtied with packaging tape, while his face was wrapped with a piece of cloth.
The victim also suffered two gunshot wounds in the neck.
Bustamante said the victim was killed in the area since two fired bullets and a deformed slug of .40 caliber ammunition were recovered from the scene.
Despite the manner of the killing, Bustamante said they could not tell yet if the man was a victim of summary execution.
Bustamante said they are coordinating with other police stations to check if there’s a report on abduction or missing person that could be linked to the possible identification of the victim.
As of 5 p.m. Friday, the victim is still unidentified, according to Bustamante.
The victim has tattoos on his body, stands 5 feet 4 inches, and between 20 to 30 years old.
Meanwhile, Bustamante said they are also probing an alleged robbery hold-up incident at Hacienda Nakab, Barangay Bubog last Thursday.
Bustamante said that a concerned citizen saw a 22-year-old woman lying at the roadside, prompting him to call for police assistance.
“Naka busal daw ang bibig sang biktima na nakahapa sa kilid dalan,” he added.
The victim’s mouth was stuffed with tissue paper and then covered with a red handkerchief, while her hands suffered injuries from a pointed object, according to the police.
Prior to that, Bustamante said the victim disembarked from a pedicab to deposit P15,000 to a bank, when an unidentified man allegedly sprayed something on her face which caused her to feel dizzy.
After which, she was allegedly forcibly loaded to a gray van by three unidentified men. When she regained her consciousness, she was already on the roadside and she discovered that her cellular phone and money were already missing.
Bustamante said they are thoroughly investigating the incident, since the victim has been inconsistent with her statements.
“Wala man siya nakagapos, pero wala niya nakuha ang busal sa bibig niya, and ang gap bala sang pagkatabo sang incident kag pagkakita sa iya,” he said.
Despite this, Bustamante said they will consider probing the incident, as it was reported.