MANILA, Philippines – An unidentified body of a woman was found by residents dumped in a canal in Barangay Putho Tuntungin, Los Baños, Laguna Tuesday morning.
Authorities believe the woman was a victim of a summary execution.
Superintendent Dante Novicio said the body was found at around 6:30 a.m. near the compound of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).
Police said the victim had a bullet wound on her forehead and bruises all over her body.
Both her hands were tied and masking tape covered her mouth.
The victim also did not have any underwear, leading police to suspect that she was raped before she was killed.
The victim, believed to be 18 to 25 years old, was light-skinned, medium built and had long hair.
She was wearing a pink T-shirt and a pair of denim shorts.
Officials of the Scene of Crime Operatives (SOCO) continue to conduct an investigation and autopsy at the Surbano Funeral Parlor.