• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
It turned out to be a bloody Friday yesterday, following the discovery of the body of an alleged “salvage” victim and two others, including a minor, in Negros Occidental.
The lifeless body of Henry Paul Bombate, a 22-year-old fish vendor, was positively identified by members of his family after being discovered by Teodoro Piala, at Simon Peter Village in Purok Guanzon, Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
Initial police investigations indicate that the victim, who was hogtied and had his eyes and mouth covered with duct tape, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds.
It was also found out by the police that Bombate, a resident of Sitio Sibucao, Brgy. Banago, Bacolod City, had been imprisoned for violation of RA 9165, known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.
PCapt. Elmer Bonilla, Police Station 7 chief of the Bacolod City Police Office, said he believes that the killing was perpetrated by multiple suspects.
Two other victims of stabbing incidents were also found dead yesterday at Purok Pili in Brgy. 6, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.
One of the victims, a minor, whose identity was withheld by the police, succumbed to 21 stab wounds, according to a report of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.
The other victim identified by the police as Ervin Colorado, 21, had seven stab wounds.
Both are residents of Brgy. Binicuil, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.
Their bodies, which were hidden by sugarcane, were discovered about five meters from each other.
Witnesses told the Kabankalan City police that a tricycle was seen leaving the crime scene.
As of press time, the police have yet to establish the identity of the suspects involved in the gruesome murders.*