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One more found ‘salvaged’

ORMOC CITY – The body of another “salvaging” victim was found by residents at Brgy. Antipolo in Albuera town, around 30 minutes away from this city at around 5:00 in the morning of April 5, Friday.  

SPO1 Noel dela Victoria of the Albuera PNP said the victim was identified by an informant as one Felix Lora, a native of Baybay but said to be temporarily residing in Ormoc. A background check showed the he had a police record and reportedly just got out of jail. He is the 7th resident of Ormoc to be “salvaged” in a series of killings that remain unsolved until now.

Just like the other victims, he suffered multiple gunshot and stab wounds. No bullet casings were found at the site, leading police to believe that he was killed elsewhere and just dumped there.

This is the second body to be dumped at the same barangay, the first one was around two years ago and never identified and claimed. 

On Good Friday, March 29, two other Ormocanons were found “salvaged” and their hog-tied, stabbed and bullet-ridden bodies thrown at the side of the road of Brgy. Balagtas in Matag-ob, Leyte, around 45 minutes away from this city.

After the police issued an advisory over radio, families came forward to claim the bodies.

Sr. Insp. Manuelito Wenceslao, OIC chief of police of the town, said that the first body to be claimed was that of Randy Cañete, 25, from Brgy. Batuan in Ormoc City. His mother Josephine came to identify Cañete.

The next morning, Black Saturday, the second victim identified as  Rodolfo Lato, 32, was claimed by his mother Leonisa. He is a resident of the DSWD Relocation Village at Brgy. Tambulilid.

From the two families, they learned that the two were friends and served jail sentences. They were released last year. Lato, Wenceslao was told, was vending cigarettes near the public comfort room at the Ormoc Bus Terminal.

The victim Lato was reportedly picked up from their house by unidentified men in a white van and it was the last time they saw him alive.

Meanwhile, Cañete was reportedly requested by his family to buy barbecue sometime lunch of May 28. It was the last time they saw him alive, too. By Paul Libres

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