Man in black found dead on the eve of Espenido deadline

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BACOLOD CITY – Police here found late last night a dead man who was shot several times in the head, and a big pack filled with what police said is suspected meth near his body in the farming village of Cabug.

A forensic policeman checks the body of an unidentified man found late last night in Cabug Village. | Photo courtesy of BCPO
A forensic policeman checks the body of an unidentified man found late last night in Cabug Village. | Photo courtesy of BCPO

The body was found on the eve of the ultimatum of local anti-drug czar, Lt. Col. Espenido, who had issued an appeal mid January to all organized crime groups in the province to “talk” to him.

The spot report said a “concerned citizen” tipped off Police Station 9 chief, Lt. Jonito C. Pastrana and Staff Sgt. Noel Reoyan who all went to Rose sub-village and found the body lying face down, his hands tied behind his back.

With the exception of his shirt, everything the man wore was black.

A small carton signed tied to the man’s feet read: “Gud bye Shabu welcome heaven or hell HVT Ako (Goodbye, shabu welcome heaven or hell, I’m a HVT).”

A small carton signed tied to the man's feet read: "Gud bye Shabu welcome heaven or hell HVT Ako (Goodbye, shabu welcome heaven or hell, I'm a HVT)."
Photo courtesy of BCPO.

HVT is a police term that stands for high-value target or drug personalities higher than street-level targets.

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