Police have dug up bones and personal items believed to have belonged to at least four torture victims in Ozamiz City, GMA News’ Cedric Castillo reported on 24 Oras on Tuesday.
The report said the police and volunteers unearthed backbones, teeth, an empty wallet and handcuffs in an old excavation site in Barangay Capucao.
“Tortured ‘yung pagkagawa, ano? Tinali tapos may [busal] pa ‘yung sa bibig,” said Ozamiz City Police head Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido.
The items will be sent to forensics experts for an investigation, the report said.
On Monday night, authorities recovered duct tape, handkerchief and rope in the area, the report said.
The grave that was discovered was allegedly used by the “Martilyo Gang,” a criminal group being linked to a member of the Parojinog political family.
Espenido, however, admitted that the items they had dug up were not enough to “fully” link the Parojinogs with the notorious group.
“Hindi. Inantay naman natin ‘yung kuwan, mga witnesses, complainant. Inform natin, malaman natin kung sino sila kaya invite natin ‘yung mga nawalan ng mahal sa buhay,” Espenido said.
“I-try natin magpunta dito kung may palatandaan ba,” he added.
The Parojinog clan already dismissed accusations that a member of their kin was involved in the Martilyo Gang or other crimes such as the illegal drug trade.
A bloody raid against the Parojinogs resulted in the death of 16 people including Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parajinog and his wife Susan.
His children, Vice Mayor Nova Princess and Reynaldo Parojinog Jr., were arrested and are now facing criminal cases. —Anna Felicia Bajo/KBK, GMA News