By Aaron Recuenco
Residents of a remote barangay in Parang town of Maguindanao were shocked over the grisly murder of two neighbors who were beheaded inside a coconut farm.
Senior Insp. Jemar delos Santos, spokesman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) regional police, said it appeared that the beheading occurred while the two victims were sleeping between Friday night and early Saturday morning.
“Their bodies were found right in the place where they were sleeping. Both heads of the victims are nowhere to be found,” delos Santos told the Manila Bulletin in a phone interview.
He identified the victims as 42-year old Ceasar Fermin and 21-year old Jabon Bistas, both of G. Calawag in Parang town.
He said that at around 9 p.m. on Friday, the victims asked permission from the owner of a coconut farm if they could sleep in the farm to tend to the coconuts harvested in the area.
The crime scene, according to delos Santos, is some 200 meters away from the house of the victims.
At around 5 a.m. yesterday, the cadavers of the victims were found.
Police are yet to identify the perpetrators and to determine the motive.
But delos Santos said that long before the beheading, local residents had been receiving threats of attack from nearby barangays.
Local investigators, however, would not say the reason behind the threats of attack from other barangays.
In the past, however, land dispute was among the common reasons why members of a community would attack another family or community in central part of Mindanao.