(UPDATE 2) CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna — At least five bodies believed to be victims of summary executions had been discovered in separate villages in Tanauan City and nearby Talisay town in Batangas province on Monday morning, police said.
Senior Superintendent Prudencio Bañas, Batangas police director, said the identities of the five have not been determined but that they were all male.
At around 6 a.m. Monday, a pandesal (bread) vendor called the attention of the village officials of Barangay Balele in Tanauan City after he found two dead bodies in a vacant lot, Bañas said.
A Philippine Daily Inquirer source said that village officials had actually found three victims in the area although one was still alive and was brought to a nearby hospital.
Superintendent Francisco Rodriguez, Tanuan police chief, said the bodies were both hogtied and had apparently died from bullet wounds.
Asked about the supposed survivor, Rodriguez said: “We’re still doing our investigation. I cannot comment about that at this time.”
In nearby Talisay town, residents also found three male bodies dumped along the roadside of Barangay Aya.
Senior Police Officer 1 Tony Unahon, investigator at Talisay police station, said residents had called up their office at around 5:55 a.m. Monday to report that three bodies were found in the area.
He said two of the three victims had been hogtied. All had bullet wounds on different parts of their bodies.
Unahon said the victims were in their early 20s. “The victims all looked young,” he said over a phone interview.
Unahon said the victims had been brought to a local morgue.
Bañas said they still could not tell if the bodies had been dumped by the same group of suspects.