Iloilo execution victims were tortured before killed

Iloilo execution victims were tortured before killed

The two cadavers were found separately. Lou Facto's body was located in the village of Sooc, Arevalo District, with his face swathed in packing tape and his hands bound.

Shwerin Taasan, on the other hand, was shot and left on a grassy lot in San Vicente village, Leganes town, Iloilo province. He was forced to disembark from a jeepney in this city by unknown men who introduced themselves as law enforces carrying out a warrant of arrest.

Facto was shot not once, not twice, but eighteen times. He bore eighteen gunshot wounds, ten in the thighs and eight in the head and torso.

Taasan's gunshot wounds, while not as numerous, does not reflect the pain he must have gone through before his death. Compared to Facto, he was shot only eight times - but he had bruises on his face and chest, and his left arm was broken. He also displayed second degree burns on his face, possible from electric shock.

Iloilo execution victims were tortured before killed

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The findings of the forensic tests conducted by Dr. Noel Martinez, from the Western Visayas police's crime laboratory, are not for the faint of heart. They describe the post-mortem condition of two men who were victims of summary killings.

Martinez believes these were indications that the two were either beaten up or intentionally made to suffer before they were shot.

Crime and Punishment

The two victims have had a history of crime.

38-year-old Taasan was previously arrested for theft and involved in a murder case. 33-year-old Facto had just recently been released from detention for a currently undetermined criminal case. He was linked to illegal drugs.

These executions have alarmed the Commission on Human Rights and Church leaders. They are concerned that the summary killings of crime suspects will continue, especially under the leadership of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte once said his main priority would be to bring back the death penalty, with hanging as the method of execution because of its shock value. Kill criminals and fight drugs is the president-elect's battle cry.

However, the regional police office quickly dismissed speculation that the two killings were the work of law enforcers or vigilantes.

Supt. Gilbert Gorero, the Western Visayas police office's spokesperson, has confirmed that the killings are still undergoing investigation, and the perpetrators are being identified.

"They could have been killed due to personal grudges or because of conflict within criminal groups." he pointed out.

He added that police units have been ordered to identify and pursue the executioners of the two victims.


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