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HomeCrimeLone stab wound victim an intel asset? Police probes angle

Lone stab wound victim an intel asset? Police probes angle

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BACOLOD CITY – The police here are probing the possibility that the killers of a man who was lethally stabbed in the village of Banago mistook him as an anti-drug intelligence asset.

The area in Banago village where Eslopor was stabbed. | Photo courtesy of BCPO
The area in Banago village where Eslopor was stabbed. | Photo courtesy of BCPO

Lt. Col. Levy Pangue, newly-assigned chief of Station 3, told DNX the 20 January death of Arsenio Eslopor Jr. in the sub-village of Paraiso, in Sibucao, Banago village could have been a case of mistaken identity related to illegal drugs.

Eslopor, 35, grew up in Banago but was living in the village of Pahanocoy when he was killed.

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Pangue said he was visiting his brother when he was murdered.

An unknown killer, highly skilled with a knife stabbed him only once on the thorax, indicating that the killer knows where the sensitive organs are located, a prober who asked not to be named told DNX.

“It was a surgical strike, one that ensured the victim can be killed swiftly and efficiently even in a crowded area,” he explained.

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Even while police forensic experts have yet to release their findings, the officer said based on Station 3 reports, residents found Eslopor was found staggering for help.

They did not see signs that he was stabbed but a doctor at a government-run hospital where he was rushed to declared him dead upon arrival.

Photos furnished DNX by the police showed only a small pool of blood collecting around the center of the victim’s chest, around the stab wound.

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The police blotter of the incident also reported “during the conduct of investigation on the place, the citizens are (sic) uncooperative and no CCTV on the area.”

Banago, a highly-populated area with many residents living in poverty, last year topped the list of villages here with shabu confiscation, data from the local police showed.

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Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.
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