• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Local business group leader Frank Carbon expressed alarm over the dumping of human bodies and mutilated body parts in Bacolod City, stressing “this is very bad for business.”
Carbon, the chief executive officer of Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), said “this will deter investors from outside of the city and province, to come in and do business.”
Despite orders of Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez for the police to do something about it, the Bacolod City Police Office is still groping in the dark with regard to the identification of suspects and motive behind in the dumping of corpses and dismembered body parts in Bacolod City, in recent months.
On April 30 and May 2, three decomposing human bodies were discovered in Brgys. Felisa and Cabug in Bacolod City. In previous months, dismembered body parts were also left behind in different areas of Bacolod City.
“They are sending a very strong signal… some kind of vigilante group,” Carbon said in a statement.
The BCPO has already recommended the creation of a Special Investigation Task Group to the Police Regional Office 6, regarding the gruesome incidents.
The BCPO maintains that Bacolod City remains generally peaceful, as their crime statistics showed that the 8 Focus Crime incidents are very low, with the only problem apparently being the dumping of bodies and body parts in different areas of the highly urbanized city.
The 8 Focus Crimes composed of murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, theft, robbery, car napping and motorcycle theft.
Carbon said “peace and order is one of the major criteria we consider when investing.”
“We hope our government or police force don’t consider these incidents as isolated cases,” he added.*