Ab­ducted busi­ness­man found dead in Ba­colod City

Vic­tim was a pre­vi­ously-sur­ren­dered drug suspect

Watchmen Daily Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Do­minique Gabriel G. Bañaga

A busi­ness­man who was al­legedly ab­ducted late Mon­day night was found dead yes­ter­day morn­ing in Ba­colod City. Po­lice iden­ti­fied the fa­tal­ity as 66-year-old On­tao Sacar, a na­tive of Marawi City, Lanao del Sur and presently re­sid­ing in Ba­colod City’s Barangay 10.

Ba­colod City Po­lice Of­fice (BCPO) spokesper­son, Po­lice Lt. Colonel Ariel Pico, said Sacar and his livein part­ner were walk­ing through Barangay 8 af­ter hav­ing din­ner at a fast­food restau­rant when a red sport util­ity ve­hi­cle stopped in front of them. Two men armed with high-pow­ered firearms then ex­ited the ve­hi­cle and forcibly dragged Sacar into the SUV.

The ve­hi­cle then sped away to­wards an un­de­ter­mined direc­tion.

Sacar’s live-in part­ner im­me­di­ately vis­ited Po­lice Station 1 to re­port the in­ci­dent and of­fi­cers re­sponded by con­duct­ing a fol­low-up oper­a­tion but the sus­pects man­aged to get away.

The case was later re­ferred to Po­lice Station 2, as the place where the in­ci­dent oc­curred was un­der their ju­ris­dic­tion.

By Tues­day morn­ing, Sacar’s re­mains were dis­cov­ered by a se­cu­rity guard at the rear of a well­known ho­tel in Barangay Man­dala­gan and Po­lice Station 3 was im­me­di­ately con­tacted.

Pico noted, the vic­tim was hogtied, while his head was cov­ered with duct tape and his mouth was cov­ered by pack­ing tape. An ini­tial au­topsy per­formed by scene of the crime op­er­a­tives found the vic­tim had a bul­let wound on the left side of his face.

The words “I love

Drugs” was also writ­ten on the body, along with a card­board sign read­ing: “Wag tu­laran, big time pusher ako.”

Ac­cord­ing to Pico, based on the BCPO records, Sacar was a pre­vi­ously-sur­ren­dered drug suspect who gave him­self up to Po­lice Station 6 in Septem­ber 2018.

The BCPO spokesper­son stated, how­ever, they are not yet con­sid­er­ing the case as be­ing drug-re­lated as they were in­structed by BCPO di­rec­tor, Po­lice Colonel Henry Biñas, to re­view all pos­si­ble an­gle, such as a busi­ness dis­pute, per­sonal grudges, among other pos­si­ble mo­tives.

“We are not dis­re­gard­ing [the pos­si­bil­ity] the case [may have] stemmed from il­le­gal drugs, but we are also look­ing at busi­ness in­ter­ests and per­sonal grudges be­cause he is a busi­ness­man,” Pico said.

The law en­force­ment of­fi­cial also noted, the ab­duc­tion ap­peared to have been planned and the vic­tim was pos­si­bly be­ing stalked by the sus­pects.

He added, they are also look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity that the vic­tim may be con­nected to Mo­haisin Magonda­can, who was ar­rested in Barangay Ali­jis last month af­ter po­lice re­cov­ered P1.2 mil­lion of sus­pected shabu from his res­i­dence.

Pico said it is “too early” to call the in­ci­dent is a “sal­vage case,” or if vig­i­lantes were in­volved.

Po­lice con­tinue to con­duct in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the matter.

(Ba­colod City Po­lice Of­fice PIO photo)

The vic­tim, iden­ti­fied as 66-year-old On­tao Sacar, was a pre­vi­ously-sur­ren­dered drug suspect who gave him­self up to Po­lice Station 6 in Septem­ber 2018.

(Ba­colod City Po­lice Of­fice PIO photo)

A busi­ness­man who was al­legedly ab­ducted late Mon­day night was found dead yes­ter­day morn­ing in Ba­colod City.

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