BY GLENDA SOLOGASTOA
ILOILO City – A man with multiple stab wounds was found dead near a bridge in Brgy. Nabitasan, La Paz district.
As of press time last night, the man and his attackers remained unidentified.
The body was discovered by a garbage scavenger around 4 p.m. yesterday.
La Paz police investigators placed the man’s age between 30 to 35 years old and his height between 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 6 inches.
The fair-complexioned man was wearing a yellow shirt, a pair of black jeans and pair of brown shoes.
He had two silver rings and a wristwatch.
A few feet from the body were found a red baseball cap, a silver necklace, two handkerchiefs, a jacket, a pouch with coins totaling P40.30, and a double-bladed knife.
The garbage scavenger alerted barangay tanods after discovering the body.
According to Scene of the Crimes Operatives, the man had wounds on his upper right arm, chest, back, and abdomen.
The dead man was taken to the Porras Funeral Homes.
The crime happened just a week after the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) noted a decrease in the crime volume recorded in the first quarter of 2014.
ICPO’s public information officer, Senior Supt. Gilbert Gorero said the drop was a result of the active participation of the public in the campaign against criminality.
The ICPO recorded 5,129 crimes in the first three months of 2014, down 24 percent from the 6,824 recorded in the same period last year.
The crime solution efficiency also increased from 2.91 percent in the first quarter 2013 to 9.50 percent this year, Gorero said.
Theft remained as the top reported crime with 868, but Gorero said this figure was low compared to last year’s recorded 1,077 incidents.
Second to theft was physical injury with 760 cases.
“If we could identify the people who committed the crimes, we could immediately file cases in court,” Gorero said.
The ICPO was also able to conduct 20 anti-illegal drug operations and 32 against illegal gambling in the first quarter of 2014. (With reports from Joselito Villasis and Philippine Information Agency/PN)