Photo courtesy of Bicol police
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Two bodies were found lifeless in Daraga, Albay on Sunday, December 23, the morning after AKO Bicol congressman Rodel Batocabe was assassinated in the same town.
Police identified the two as male and noted that they have been inflicted with gunshot wounds in different parts of their bodies.
They were found at Barangay Gabawan, just a 10-minute drive or around 5 kilometers away from Barangay Burgos, where congressman Batocabe was shot dead after finishing a gift-giving program for senior citizens.
On Monday, December 24, one of the dead was identified by cops as Arnulfo Barredo Cuyos, 39, who has been missing since December 20.
Cuyos was a resident of Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur, and was identified by barangay councilors and residents of Namantao in Daraga, where he was last spotted.
Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.