1 of 2 dead persons in Daraga, Albay, known, but mystery deepens


DARAGA, Albay (BicolToday.com) — One of the 2 dead persons found in a village in Daraga, Albay, was now identified as Arnulfo Barredo Cuyos, age 39, a native of Purok 7, Andanan Noli, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur, but the other cadaver was still unidentified.

The two bullet-riddled cadavers were discovered in neighboring village Gabawan a day after Mayoralty candidate and outgoing Ako Bikol Partylist representative Rodel Batocabe was assassinated in Barangay Burgos, this town.

According to barangay sources, Cuyos was believed to be “mentally deranged” who arrived Thursday, December 20, at Barangay Namantao, this town, and his presence reported to the police after he was seen entering “uninvited” at residents houses.

Barangay officials Josephine Laguilles and Rocky Conda said Cuyos’s presence was reported to village chairman David Tongga, who called for police intervention. Responding Daraga cops SPO2 Albaoand SPO1 Bobis came and interviewed Cuyos.

Investigating policemen and barangay officials learned Cuyos was suffering from “mental problems” and he was brought to the welfare office MSWD for “financial” support to go home to Agusan del Sur. It was learned the MSWD escorted Cuyos to board a Sorsogon-bound bus.

This was the day that Cuyos was seen alive, few days before his bullet-riddled body, with another unidentified cadaver, was discovered Sunday at Barangay Gabawan, same town.

He, with another unknown person, were found dead, their bodies bullet-riddled.

This discovery on Sunday has fuelled public speculation that their killings had links in Batocabe assassination on Saturday.

That day after the killing of Batocabe, the town police chief was relieved of his command by PNP Chief Albayade.

Investigation is still going on.

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