The body of a man, who was allegedly mauled by six unidentified persons, was found near the creek at the Circumferential Road, in the Puertobello Subdivision in Brgy. Banago, Bacolod City, at about 5 a.m. yesterday.
Station 3 chief, Senior Insp. Dianne Grace Aquitania said a concerned citizen informed them that a body, later identified to be that of Marlie Tagalog, 25, of Brgy. Olihaw, Cauayan town in Negros Occidental was found lying face down at the creek.
Aquitania said there were no visible injuries or wounds in the body but they have requested for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Initial investigation showed that Tagalog and his cousin, identified only as “Rex”, were heading home to Purok Riverside, Zone 3 in Brgy. Banago, after they had conveyed their friend, whose name was not disclosed, to the Domingo Lacson National High School, also in the barangay, at about 11 p.m. Sunday, when four men blocked their way and ganged up on them.
“Rex” was able to escape and ran to their house, while the six suspects, beat up Tagalog, who was a worker at a junkshop in Brgy. Bubug in Talisay City, in the province, Aquitania said.
She said a long time had lapsed between the incident and the time the body was found because no one had called the police station to report the mauling incident.
The police are still focusing on the identities of the suspects whom they believe to be members of a fraternity or a gang, Aquitania said.
The body is now at the Rolling Hills Memorial Chapel, Aquitania added.
Meanwhile, Bacolod City Police Office acting city director, Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel said the patrol car of Station 3 has not been used because its machine had malfunctioned.
He said the vehicle is under repair so the police are using their personal motorcycles in responding to incidents in their areas.
Ordaniel said he is waiting for the patrol vehicle he had requested from the Bacolod City government.*SGG