A police bomb squad was called in yesterday after a plastic storage container was found abandoned in front of a restaurant in Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City.
The suspected bomb turned out to be a curled body of an unidentified man whose head was covered with packaging tape.
The barefoot victim was about 40 to 45 years old and between 5-2 and 5-5 in height. He was wearing a blue shirt and a pair of green shorts.
The body had multiple tattoos of names such as “Ace Viray” on his right shoulder and “Aldrin”, “Dennis Cruz”, “JR”, “Kilabot”, “Macho”, “Tampoy Hernandez”, “Tigas Morales” and “Toto”, among others.
Also tattooed was the name of notorious gang Sputnik.
SPO1 Melvin Garcia, one of the responding cops, said the container was discovered around 4 a.m. by Pedro Sapico, a security guard of Golden Bay Restaurant.
“Tinawag niya ngayon ‘yung kasamahan niya para i-report sa pulisya,” Garcia said.
Elements of the Pasay Police Community Precinct 11 and Special Weapons and Tactics-Explosive Ordnance Disposal (SWAT-EOD) arrived before 6 a.m.
The victim is believed to have been strangled to death in the absence of external injuries.
Garcia said the victim was most likely killed somewhere else.
The body was removed from the container and brought to Veronica Funeral Homes for autopsy.
It was the third body found along Macapagal Avenue this week, according to police.
On Sept. 11, a still unidentified man whose was also wrapped with packaging tape was found beside Manila Tytana College.
The next day, another male body was discovered along the northbound lane of Macapagal. He had multiple punctured wounds on his chest. (MARTIN SADONGDONG and ALI VICOY)