PNP says photos of missing ‘sabungeros’ actually come from Maguindanao ambush
MANILA, Philippines — Circulating photos showing bloodied bodies of ambush victims with captions claiming they were the missing “sabungeros” actually stem from an unrelated shooting incident in Maguindanao on February 12.
Several Facebook accounts posted the photos claiming they were the missing cockfighting players. One Facebook post claimed they were found in Rizal while another said they were found in Bulacan.
But the Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson said Police Col. Jean Fajardo said, “The photos… relate to a shooting. [that] happened in Maguindanao on February 12th.
INQUIRER.net asked the PNP about the photos circulating on social media.
“Rido (clan war) po ang motibo between 2 families who are both members of the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front). Na-file na po kaso vs sa mga suspects,” she added.
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Fajardo was referring to the killing of nine people, including a commander of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF), the military wing of the MILF, in the town of Guindulungan.
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The photos have been circulating online as the Senate Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Committee on Thursday opened an investigation into the disappearance of 31 cockfighting fans who went missing from April 2021 to January this year.
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