3 farmers found dead in Agusan del Norte

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BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte — Three farmers from the hinterland village here were found dead, their bodies riddled with bullets, a day after they failed to return home from a farm where they worked, police said.

Report from the Caraga regional police said Alfredo Tumaquin Sr., Romy Pinatugaw and his brother Pina Pinatugaw, were found in a farmland adjacent to where they were supposed to work at 7 am on November 7 by their families.

All three victims, who lived

sitio Bagang, barangay Simbalan, left their homes around 6 am on Nov 6 to work at a 50-hectare farmland owned by a Korean national named Ryoo Wang Gew, police said.

“The farmers were not able to return home by night fall, so, the families werer worried,” PO2 Ricafort Gilbuena, case investigator at the Buenavista police station.

“They expected (the farmers) to be home by 6 pm. So the next day, they went out to look for them.”

He said that around 7 am on Nov 7, the son of Tumaquin discovered the lifeless bodies of his father and his cousin Romy.

“Then 50 meters away, the third body was found at the farmland owned by Tumaquin family, just adjacent to the Korean national's

farmland where they were supposed to work,” the police said. The bodies bore several gun shot wounds.

A total of 23-fired slugs

were found at the crime scene. But police said they did not process the scene, as the area was “risky” for their small police team.

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