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Police start probe on summary executions of three slain civilians in South Cotabato

POLOMOLOK, South Cotabato – The PNP organization here launched a massive investigation into the killing of three persons in a far flung area in Polomolok town, this province.

The police investigators have identified the slain victims, who are suspected victims of summary executions, were: Jayson Endencio, 25, of Purok 1, Barangay Lapu; and Eros James Benosa, 18, and Carlyn Loyd Huelar, 22, both of Purok 6, Barangay Sulit. They were found hogtied by civilians and they were found with gunshot wounds around 9pm Monday at a river bank in Purok2, Barangay Sulit here.  

Based on initial investigations, the victims were last seen by their immediate relatives last Sunday, and they were leaving Barangay Sulit on board a motorcycle.

In a phone interview with reporters, Lt Colonel Alex Joe Orcajada, Polomolok municipal police station chief said the victims were heading to Melyango Resort in Tboli town.

“They only said they’re going to the Melyango (swimming) resort in Tboli,” the local police chief told newsmen.

The families of the victims reported them at a police station as missing after they failed to return home on Sunday evening.

Later on Sunday, concerned civilians reported to police authorities in Tboli they have found three people dead and they were shot by the suspects who hog-tied and killed them, as gunshot wounds were found in their bodies.

The local police chief in Polomolok said investigators are now following up on verified leads which may point to the killing of the victims, and the arrest of the possible suspects.

Investigators, Orcajada said, hinted that the victims may have been mistaken as “assets” of the authorities by lawless elements operating in the province of Cotabato.

“We’re looking into all angles and gathering accounts from possible witnesses to identify the suspects,” Orcajada told reporters. (PNA)

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