‘Salvaging’ victim in La Union not HVT – police

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SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: Senior Insp. Marissa Patacsil of the City Police Station here clarified earlier reports that the 17-year-old boy, found dead with gun shot wounds along Barangay Calabugao on Sunday, was not a high value target (HVT) for illegal drug operation. Johnver Valdez, of Barangay Sibuan-Otong village, was found with both hands tied and mouth gagged by a masking tape. Two big sachets of dried marijuana were recovered near his body. The report about a minor being an HVT and the manner he was killed, sparked criticisms and provoked controversies locally, deeming it as improbable. Patacsil said Valdez has been frequently turned over for a string of robbery cases but always escape from the Department of Social Welfare and Development—Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) in Urayong, Bauang town. He was also caught in a drug buy-bust recently and was listed as “new drug personality.”

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William Jun Garcia

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