BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – Three bodies found on Monday, May 27 in Tubo, Abra, were identified to be from Besao town in Mountain Province.
They were identified as Jansen “Ayban” Gabaen, Ronnie Macayba, and Pedro Sauyen from Agawa, Besao.
A Tubo police report said that Barangay Captain Filbert Tingyan of Baclingayan, Tubo, told them that the bodies were found by Tubo residents in Sitio Lakanga.
No other details were given, but a Facebook post by Joy Dicdican, the municipal health officer of Besao in Mountain Province, said that they received a message on Monday, and a meeting was held between some barangay captains in Besao
Agawa Barangay Captain Salvador Luis said the 3 went to the forest and did not return for a week. They were supposed to fish for river eels.
A text received by Besao police from their colleagues in Tubo confirmed that the dead were from Agawa. It also said that two were shot and another was hacked. The eels they caught were still in the sacks, the Tubo police said. The suspects remain unknown.
Because the mayor was on official travel, Tubo officials decided to leave on Tuesday, May 28, but strong rains prevented them from proceeding. A bigger contingent was able to bring home the bodies on Wednesday, May 29. – Rappler.com