We all know filipinos will eat almost any old shit. Chicken blood soup, balut etc, even snakes, dogs and rats. Hell, if it’s meat many will devour it, including human flesh and organs. I’m not talking about ancient history here, with savages dancing round a big pot with a human boiling alive inside, but recent cases of cannibalism in the Philippines, even as recent as this year. Below are a few excerpts of recent reports with links to the full stories.
I hope it doesn’t put you off your next filipino meal
The Ilaga (Visayan: rat) is a Christian, Catholic extremist, pro-government paramilitary group in the southern Philippines predominantly composed of Visayan groups (mostly Ilonggos) embracing a form of Philippine Folk Catholicism that utilizes amulets and violence and was operated, led and largely used by the Philippine Constabulary as a militia force during the 1970s in Southern Mindanao while battling against the Bangsa Moro Rebellion during the Moro insurgency in the Philippines.
As part of their ritual, they eat parts of their victims ears, nose and internal organs sure as heart and liver. They are also reported to cut limbs, foot and breast of women that they captured. Norberto Manero is the most infamous member of this group, confessed in killing and cannibalizing the Italian priest and missionary, Tulio Favalli.
One senior member, Norberto Manero, aka Kumander Bukay, also gained notoriety in the 1980s after he was convicted of murdering and eating the brain of Italian priest Tullio Favali whom he had suspected of having links with Communist insurgents, yet surprisingly was released.
The 29-year-old construction worker who killed his niece Monday in Barangay Villahermosa, Tabuelan claimed to have been possessed by bad spirits when he sliced open the victim’s stomach and took some of her internal organs.
The suspect attacked Pablita with the bolo but she was able to run despite the hack wounds she sustained in her left eye, both legs and various parts of her body.
The suspect turned his ire at his niece and killed her by opening the stomach and eating some of the internal organs.
The Amil Brothers
Three brothers butchered their mother before eating her organs in a ritual killing.
Neighbours reported hearing strange noises coming from the family home for days before the body of Musala Amil, 56, was found in Ampatuan, Philippines.
Police discovered the badly mutilated body with several parts missing, drained of blood.
The sons ate parts of their mother raw, investigators said.
Eladio Baule and at least two relatives are accused of killing another relative, Benjie Ganay, after a row over the bride – Mr Baule’s daughter.
Junnie Boyot told police that he and others, including Mr Baule, drove Mr Ganay to a secluded spot, where at least one of them stabbed the victim to death, before roasting his body.
Mr Boyot admitted that he and his companions then ate pieces of Mr Ganay’s flesh before returning to the wedding to serve it to guests.
A mother diagnosed with schizophrenia was arrested by authorities in Ilagan, Isabela, for killing her 1-year-old daughter.
Authorities suspect that the mother “Carol” (not her real name) ate her daughter’s internal organs after slitting her throat.
Neighbors said they alerted police when they saw a bloodied Carol outside her house carrying a sack. They said the suspect was caught in the act of throwing the sack, which contained the dead infant.
Pares’ younger son, Eddie Jr., 16, found his father’s body in the garbage pit.
Investigators tagged the victim’s eldest son Ardy, 29, as the suspect in the killing, which they said could have been done at 3 a.m.
Capuz said the municipal health officer, who conducted the autopsy, discovered that the heart and liver of the older Pares was no longer inside his body.
Makes you wonder how common this is, especially in remote provinces and secluded islands where such savagery wouldn’t make the press.Published in