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Man’s body found in plastic box

A 29-year-old man believed to be a victim of summary execution was found inside a plastic container in Pasay City, with a placard branding him as a drug runner in Leyte.

PO2 Christopher Nero of the Pasay City Police said the victim was identified through his National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance dated 2011 as Bernard Alacre of No. 166 Ilang Ilang St., Sto. Niño, West Cupang, Muntinlupa City.

Nero said that a taho vendor, Virgilio Valerio, discovered around 5:15 a.m. a “suspicious” blue plastic container dumped on Macapagal Boulevard in front of a Philippine National Bank (PNB) building in Barangay 76.

“Nagtitinda siya nang makita niya ’yung container sa gilid ng kalsada. Eh talaga namang kahina-hinala dahil mag isa lang ‘yung container. Tumawag siya ng tulong sa sekyu ng PNB dahil ang akala niya ay may bomba,” Nero said.

Elements of CCP Police Community Precinct (PCP-1) and Special Weapons and Tactics-Explosive and Ordnance Disposal (SWAT-EOD) of Pasay police checked the plastic container. However, instead of bomb, they found the body of Alacre stuffed inside. His head was wrapped with packaging tape and both his hands were tied with an electric wire.

A placard was placed on top of his body, saying: “Taga dala ako ng droga sa Leyte. Ikaw na ang susunod…”

Also, 15 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu were found by police in Alacre’s pocket, Nero said.

“Inaalam pa namin ’yung cause of death dahil walang tama ng baril to eh. Walang saksak or anything,” Nero said. (Martin A. Sadongdong)

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