Vampire blamed for disemboweled livestock

July 1, 2008 (MinaNews / Kidapawan City) -- Was it an aswang (the Filipino’s version of a vampire) that killed sheep and goats in barangay Lower Manongol here? On Sunday, three goats owned by Cielo Alonzo were seen dead and disemboweled, in a vacant lot owned by Danny Guerero in Purok 2A, Barangay Lower Manongol here, around 2:30 p.m.


Some residents believed the folkloric creature was the attacker, as the internal organs of the domesticated livestock were gone. But police dismissed the story as baseless.

Glenda Canete, caretaker of Alonzo’s goats, said a stray dog could not have killed the animals. "Something that is bigger than the dog, or a wolf maybe, or something that has supernatural powers could be behind the killing," said Canete.

The incident last Sunday was the second since May, according to Edgar de Jesus, president of Purok 2A. Last May, a flock of 23 sheep was also killed in the same manner supposedly by the same attacker. The animals, owned by a state university here, also had "their internal organs feasted on by the 'killer’," de Jesus said.

The purok official also pointed to the aswang as the culprit. "After our animals, they might kill our children or those weak individuals. The killing must be stopped," he said.

Police, however, refused to buy the line that an aswang was the attacker. "We can not say that one hundred percent, an aswang could be behind the killing.   We’re in a modern world now. Yang aswang, sa mga pelikula lang 'yan (That aswang thing is only in the movies)," said a police officer.

Chief Insp. Leo Ajero, city police director, has ordered a thorough investigation on the killing. "We will find out who did the killing and make those responsible for it accountable," he said.

Filipino superstition describes the aswang as a human being by day and a bloodsucking creature by night. It is believed to be capable of transforming into a black dog, pig or bull.

 

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Vet: Dogs, not 'aswang', kill farm animals

KIDAPAWAN CITY -- The city veterinarian has dispelled claims that an "aswang" or a vampire was behind the killing last week of a number of farm animals here.

Citing initial investigations, City Veterinarian Dr. Eugene Gornez said dogs, not vampires, killed the three goats owned by Cielo Alonzo of Manongol village and a flock of 23 sheep in Sudapin village.

He used as basis the statements made by Sonny Camos, a village guard in Sudapin, who actually saw four dogs that feasted on the internal organs of the 23 sheep owned by the University of Southern Mindanao (USM).

Camos told Gornez that he even shot dead one of the four dogs. He, however, failed to show as proof the body of the slain dog. Camos and his group had reportedly eaten the meat of the dog.

Gornez said it's too difficult to believe that an "aswang" still exists in this modern world.

"There is no proof yet of the existence of an aswang. I have not seen one," he said.

Gornez, after studying the markings of the bodies of the goats that they exhumed on Tuesday, has concluded that "only a dog is capable of doing such kind of attack."

Each goat has at least four puncture wounds on its neck.

"Dogs are carnivorous. They are into scavenging and predating," he said.

The killer dog can be a domesticated animal, which went "berserk" and wild after it escaped from the cage.

"Its wild instinct can never be lost even if the dog has been domesticated. Blood becomes so palatable or pleasant to a wild dog," he said. "This explains why there was no trace of blood in the crime scene."

Another possibility that Gornez cited was that the killers can be stray dogs left in the woods and had survived by scavenging and predating.

Gornez said people should not be scared.

"There is no aswang. All they have to do is coordinate with authorities to stop the killing of our farm animals. They must help locate the killer dogs," he said.

 

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