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A foreign-looking man believed to be a German national was found dead inside a yacht drifting in waters of the Pacific Ocean near Barobo, Surigao del Sur, police said.

Fishermen found the man around 4:30 p.m. Thursday inside the yacht “Sajo,” about 62 miles from the shores of Barobo, said PO3 Val Warren Polancos, local police investigator.

“Yung mga mangingisda, pauwi na sana nung makita nila ‘yung yate. Nilapitan nila at tiningnan ‘yung loob para malaman kung anong maitutulong nila kasi sira na ‘yung sail. Doon sa loob nakita ‘yung foreigner na nakaupo,” Polancos said by phone.

The body, which was already starting to decompose, was found inside what appears to be the yacht’s radio room.

Documents found on the yacht indicate that the foreigner is one Manfred Fritz Bajorat, a German national, Polancos said.

“Foreigner talaga ‘yung tao, hindi lang namin masabi pa kung siya (Bajorat) talaga ‘yun kasi wala namang kasama,” he said.

The fishermen used their boat to drag the yacht to Cabgan Island and upon arriving there Friday afternoon, radioed for help from authorities in mainland Barobo, he said.

Local police have called in a team from the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) to determine what caused the foreigner’s death.

The incident has also been reported to the Surigao del Sur provincial police so it can inform the German Embassy, Polancos said. (John Roson)

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DENR employee gunned down

Armed men shot dead an employee of the Department of Environment and natural Resources (DENR) in Barobo, Surigao del Sur, the other day (Wednesday), police reported.

Ricardo Magallanes, 53, a resident of Brgy. Tambis, was brought to the Democrito Plaza Memorial Hospital due to a bullet wound on his back, but was declared dead on arrival by doctors, Caraga regional police spokesman Supt. Martin Gamba said.

The incident occurred around 8 a.m. while Magallanes was riding his motorcycle to the public market.

Two men riding on another motorcycle tailed Magallanes and shot him in Brgy. Poblacion, Gamba said.

Members of the Barobo Police recovered two fired cartridges, believed to be from a caliber-.45 pistol, from the crime scene.

Investigators are still trying to determine the assailants’ identities and motive as of this writing. (John Roson)

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Armed men held up a Chinese official of a mining company in Barobo, Surigao del Sur, taking his car, more than P1.5 million cash, and other valuables, police reported.

The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. Monday, but the victim, Wen Tsen-Nan, was only able to report the incident to authorities Tuesday morning after being dropped off by the suspects in Bayugan City, Caraga regional police spokesman Supt. Martin Gamba said.

Wen, general manager of Triple Win Mining Company, told police that he was driving his Toyota Hilux (KDZ-735) from Rosario to Barobo when five men armed with caliber-.45 pistols flagged him down at Sitio Agsur, Brgy. Bahi.

The armed men allegedly pointed their guns at Wen, told him to drive towards Lianga, Surigao del Sur, reroute to a mountainous area of Bayugan City, and took several of his belongings along the way, Gamba said.

Wen said he lost P1.5 million cash, 40,000 Chinese Yuan, 500 Hong Kong dollars, an undetermined amount of Taiwan dollars, a check book, ATM card, a 200 gram gold necklace, a gold watch worth P500,000, a cellphone, and passports to the robbers.

The foreigner told police that the suspects released him in front of a church in Bayugan around 2 a.m. Tuesday then sped away with his vehicle. (John Roson)

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