UPDATE: 5th victim of summary killing in Tacurong dies

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/11 November) – Regine Ole Dalogdog, the survivor of what police said could be a case of a drug-related summary execution in Tacurong City, died Monday night while recuperating in a hospital, a police official said.

Dalogdog, resident of Barangay Apopong in General Santos City, died at around 7:30 p.m. Monday, according to Tacurong police chief Supt. Junnie Buenacosa in an interview over a radio station in Koronadal City on Tuesday afternoon.

Dalogdog was found in in Purok Masagana, Barangay New Lagao in Tacurong on Monday along with the bodies of four people by local farmers who reported the matter to the police station.

She was found lying on blood with gunshot wounds in the nape and back that exited through the chin and torso.

Buenacosa identified the four other fatalities as Manuel Juan Rafael Jr., 32, tricycle driver and a resident of Purok Liwliwa, Barangay San Emmanuel in Tacurong; Felix Gamido Rodrigo, 34, driver and a resident of Apilado Subdivision, Poblacion in Tacurong; Rhea Macion Ramirez, 28, of Barangay Dadiangas West in General Santos City; and Joan Mamon, 26, of Columbio town in Sultan Kudarat.

Police said Dalogdog and the two other women were working as guest relation officers of a local videoke bar.

Buenacosa said the incident could be drug-related. He said Dalogdog told investigators they were going to meet a person who was among the assailants to buy shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) from him.

“Iiskor daw ng item,” Buenacosa said, referring to the slang for buying illegal drugs.

On Monday dawn, a group of farmers found Dalogdog and her dead companions on a rice field and reported the matter to the police station.

“The four victims were already dead due to multiple gunshot wounds by the time we arrived at the site,” Buenacosa said in a radio interview Monday.

The victims were reportedly on board a tricycle from Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat on Sunday when flagged down by six armed men on board motorcycles, and residents nearby later heard gunshots. (Ferdinandh B. Cabrera/MindaNews)