SIBALE ISLAND, Romblon—Farmers in this isolated island in the central Philippines have reported that mysterious killers believed to be werewolves attacked farm animals during nights before the full moon, sucking blood and tearing away vital organs such as the liver and the heart.
Sibale Mayor Lemuel Cipriano said more than 200 goats have been killed in the past two years, their carcasses scattered in the open field and showing the same tell-tale marks: strangulated necks and gaping wounds in the stomach.
“It’s a continuing goat massacre happening at the onset of the full moon almost every year since 2012. So far, more than 200 goats had been massacred by this unknown killer,” Cipriano said.
The suspected werewolves attack between midnight and 2 a.m. and several nights before the onset of the full moon. The latest attack was on Wednesday when the werewolves gutted nine goats owned by San Vicente Barangay Captain Ulpiano Ebora.
The goat population in the island was estimated at about 1,000, but it is dwindling because of mysterious attacks. The total number of goats killed in the past few weeks included 14 in Barangay Poblacion and 13 in Barangay San Vicente.
Municipal agriculturist Nelia Yap said the residents were baffled why the killers attack only during the night and before the onset of the full moon.
“Nagtataka kami bakit nangyayari ito tuwing hatinggabi mga alas dos ng madaling araw at tuwing sasapit and full moon. Malapit na naman ang full moon ngayong July 12 sa Sabado,” Yap said.
Yap said the residents were fearful because after the killers wiped out the goat population in the island they might be “the next victims at baka mga tao na ang susunod.”
“We could not determine yet if the killers are werewolves, dogs or creatures pretending to be dogs,” she said.
Mayor Cipriano has ordered officials of the nine barangays and the local police to conduct nightly patrols to watch out for the mysterious killers and stop the slaughter of the animals.
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