2 HEAD­LESS BOD­IES FOUND IN BASILAN

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - REGIONS - —JULIE S. ALIPALA INQ

ZAM­BOANGA CITY— Vil­lagers in Maluso and Lantawan towns in Basilan prov­ince re­cov­ered two head­less bod­ies on Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon.

Chief Insp. John Cundo, Maluso po­lice chief, said the corpses had been turned over to the Army’s 14th Spe­cial Forces Com­pany by res­i­dents of Switch Yakal in Lantawan and Up­per Gar­layan in Maluso af­ter th­ese were found around 3 p.m.

Cundo said the iden­ti­ties of the vic­tims could not be de­ter­mined yet but sev­eral per­sons had been re­ported miss­ing or kid­napped in Maluso last week.

Ab­ducted

On July 20, Dodong Div­ina­gra­cia, 54, and his son, Ily, 25, went miss­ing af­ter Abu Sayyaf gun­men stormed their work­place.

On the same day, sus­pected Abu Sayyaf ban­dits also kid­napped work­ers Onyol Casi­ple, Rene San­son, Mamerto Fal­casan­tos, Her­nando Sally and an­other vic­tim.

Cundo said po­lice had asked those who have miss­ing rel­a­tives to help au­thor­i­ties es­tab­lish the iden­ti­ties of the two head­less corpses.

Sev­eral hours later, fire struck the vil­lage of Diki in Is­abela City, also in Basilan, dis­plac­ing up to 1,000 fam­i­lies.

Vi­o­leta Ramirez, Is­abela City dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion and man­age­ment of­fi­cer, said au­thor­i­ties were try­ing to ver­ify re­ports about the deaths of two tod­dlers and an el­derly.

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