Residents of Barangay Obrero in Butuan City were alarmed when they detected a pungent odor coming from an abandoned room in a boarding house.
According to the report of GMA News’ Unang Balita on Friday, the residents thought the smell was coming from a “chop-chop” victim, a colloquial term for murder victims that have been chopped into pieces.
The fact that Filipinos have a term for it is telling of how often this happens; there’s even a movie about one of the cases.
The owner of the boarding house told Unang Balita that the room’s Filipina tenant Arnadette Pepito and her Korean live-in partner have been missing for months.
Suspecting a gory murder, authorities inspected the room, but all they found were rotten eggs that caused the odor.
Residents were concerned about the smell because only a few days have passed since parts of a body were found in the nearby city of Bayugan.
Meanwhile, Pepito’s mother is still concerned about her whereabouts. Authorities are still looking for her and her live-in partner.