A 20-year-old father who had been missing since March 14 has been found dead in Caloocan City on Sunday.
Renzo Lopez was last seen along IBP Road in Batasan Hills, Quezon City, wearing shorts and a shirt with red and white stripes.
He was found with several gunshots and was still wearing the same clothes in a funeral parlor in Barangay 178 in Camarin, Caloocan City.
Renzo's mother, Rosario Lopez, said the funeral parlor told her that Renzo's body was brought there last March 15, a day after he went missing, but it is still not clear how he was brought there.
Police allegedly found Renzo's dead body near the trash bins along Quirino Highway, she also said.
According to his 18-year-old partner Kate Olili, after Renzo bought the needed medicine for their 2-year-old son who was sick that time, he told her he would just go out to check on his brother who had been helping him look for work.
She said he was set for a job interview that week before he went missing.
"Nagpaalam lang siya mga bandang 10:30 p.m., pagtapos niya pong maglinis ng bahay, nagpaalam siya na, 'Hon, matulog ka na. Lalabas lang ako saglit, sisilip lang ako kay Kuya Mark sa (basketball) court,'" she said.
After a few minutes after Renzo went out, a friend came rushing to their house exclaiming "Dinampot si Renzo! Dinampot si Renzo!"
Witnesses said Renzo was forced by armed men wearing bonnets into a gray or dirty-white van with no license plate.
Olili on Facebook defended Renzo did not use illegal drugs.
"Para lang malinawan ang lahat. Hindi po nagda-drugs ang asawa ko at sigurado ako dun. Kung nakauwi lang sana siya ng buhay at ligtas sakin sasamahan ko pa siya sa inyo magpa-drug test dahil hindi talaga siya nagda-drugs," she said.
"Kung nagganun siya edi sana malinaw sakin kung bakit siya nawala at kinuha sakin kaya lang hindi eh, hindi siya ganun, hindi siya nagamit kaya nga hanggang ngayon hindi malinaw sakin kung anong naging dahilan nila para patayin ang asawa ko e." she added.
The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) earlier dismissed implications that Renzo's abduction was drug-related.
Instead, investigators are looking at the possibility that the incident seemed to be a case of a mistaken identity.
[With report from ABS-CBN News]