Police recover 3 more bodies off Zamboanga island

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A police patrol has fished out three decomposing bodies off Sacol Island in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, officials said.

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Officials said the policemen led by Chief Insp. Nonito Asdai found the bodies in two separate areas around Sacol Island. The bodies were all unidentified and had been buried in the village of Busay on the island.

Just recently, a police patrol also recovered near Sacol Island a wooden boat with eight bodies of Badjao fishermen who were killed on December 26 by suspected pirates off Zamboanga Sibugay province.

Two other fishermen—Loloy Ampasali, 22, and Muksi Ampasali, 16—survived the carnage and were taken to the hospital in Zamboanga City, according to Captain Jefferson Somera, a spokesman for the 1st Infantry Division.

Police identified the bodies as that of Mursid Ambasali, Jimmy Sannayani, Benjie San-nayani, Piyad Sannayani, Palaji Sannayani, Jeffrey Sannayani, Palari Buyong and Maastal Jaolani—all residents of Sitio Seaside in the coastal village of Sangali here.

The Badjao is among the peaceful tribes in southern Philippines and is mostly engaged in fishing and mat weaving as their source of livelihood. They live mostly in boats off Zamboanga.

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