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3rd man linked to Bulacan massacre found dead

Workers of a funeral parlor bring out a body from the Carlos family house in the City of San Jose del Monte in Bulacan province. Five family members, three of them children, were found dead in the house. —EDWIN BACASMAS

Workers of a funeral parlor bring out a body from the Carlos family house in the City of San Jose del Monte in Bulacan province. Five family members, three of them children, were found dead in the house on June 27, 2017. (Photo by EDWIN BACASMAS / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Some residents of San Miguel town in Bulacan province on Saturday morning found the body of a third “person of interest,” who was questioned by the police following the massacre of a family in the City of San Jose del Monte on June 27.

The bullet-riddled body of Anthony Rose Garcia, who the San Jose del Monte police referred to as “Tony” in their investigation of the massacre, was dumped on a roadside in Barangay Pacalag in San Miguel, Supt. Isagani Enriquez, the town police chief, said.

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Garcia was wearing red short pants and a yellow shirt. His head was wrapped with masking tape. Written on a piece of paper that was strapped around his neck was “Addict at rapist ako. Huwag tularan.” It was signed “BDS,” but the police did not know what the acronym stood for.

Garcia was confirmed as one of four persons of interest whom the police offered to protect, following the murder of two other men they had interrogated on the June 27 killing of members of the Carlos family in North Ridge Royale Subdivision in San Jose del Monte.

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The body of Rolando Pacinos was found in San Jose del Monte on July 4, also strapped with a sign that said he was an addict and rapist, hours before President Rodrigo Duterte attended the wake of Estrella Carlos; her mother, Auring Dizon; and her three children, including 1-year-old Dexter Jr.

The five were found dead from multiple stab wounds by Estrella’s husband, security guard Dexter Carlos Sr., when he returned home from work in Makati City early morning of June 27.

During the victims’ burial on July 5, gunmen broke into the house in San Jose del Monte of Rosevelt Somera, another person of interest, and killed him.

Supt. Fitz Macariola, San Jose del Monte police chief, said Garcia’s family had told investigators on Friday that he was abducted in San Miguel.

Macariola allowed Garcia to return home on June 30 after he had gone through another round of questioning.

The police offered to secure the last person of interest, Alvin Mabesa, and assured the safety of main suspect, Carmelino Ibañez, a construction worker who earlier confessed to killing the family.

Ibañez first claimed he committed the murders alone, but he later implicated “Tony” and “Inggo,” the nickname of Pacinos. /atm

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