IN THE morning of Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, as the skies began to clear from the heavy downpour days before, a man from the northern town of Compostela was greeted with a shocking discovery — the corpses of four men found buried in two separate shallow graves.
What could have only happened in horror movies happened in a grassy area in Sitio Bago, Barangay Cogon when a woodcutter, going about his usual business, came across the dead men as rainwater slowly unearthed the graves.
Police believe the still-unidentified corpses were all victims of summary executions.
Police Capt. Vincent Zozobrado, Compostela town police chief, told SunStar Cebu the woodcutter, whose name is being withheld by police, first discovered two bodies when heavy rains that poured for days partly uncovered the grave.
The woodcutter hastily dug up the soil to check what lay beneath the softened ground and saw two more bodies buried in another grave just a few meters from the first one.
He immediately reported the matter to the police.
“The bodies were buried in meter-deep graves. Our witness was able to uncover the contents of those graves after rain helped in clearing it out,” Zozobrado said in Cebuano.
Zozobrado said the victims were shot.
However, police have yet to determine how they were shot as the corpses were already in a state of decomposition when found.
One victim bore a tattoo which read: Daclan.
Zozobrado said police are checking their records to determine if anyone from the town has been reported missing for the past few days.
No one has claimed to be a relative of the victims nor has anyone confirmed their identities, he added.
Police are still looking for more witnesses to help identify the victims. (GPL)