I went home tonight to an almost-empty street near our house. The eskinita which was usually loud and noisy was lifeless and very quiet. The kids who usually fill the night air with their rants about which Zaido was the strongest, were nowhere in sight. “This is odd”, I thought to myself.
The answer came to me when I saw the poster neatly taped on the wall of a neighbor’s house.
WANTED. It said.
The photo was that of the infamous WAWAY!
Waway is probably the most talked about person on the island. Whether he is real or not, a mention of his name gets everyone interested and wide-eyed.
Is he a real serial killer?
Is his story just an urban legend?
Is he out to kill all pregnant women just for the heck of it?
These questions continue to circulate around town. And each time his story is retold, a certain part is edited out, phrased incorrectly, or completely ‘enhanced’ to make the story more compelling and shocking.
According to the most popular version I heard, Warlito Toledo alias Waway was a convicted rapist back in 2002. He was sent to prison but he managed to escape. People say that this was because the cops allowed him to go out at night, enter houses that interest him, and kill everyone inside. It is said that he especially liked to target pregnant women. If entry is impossible, it is said that Waway would spit on the slippers of the people who live in the house and come back at an opportune time to finish his task. Despite a foolproof manhunt, it is said that the police couldn’t catch Waway because of his talisman which enables him to change his hairstyle at will and precvent detection.
People looking at a Waway Poster.
Before the actual wanted posters were distributed, many people thought that Waway was just a product of an imaginative mind. But now that these posters are all over the island, even the tough habal-habal drivers head home when the sun sets, their slippers tucked safely inside, for fear of a possible encounter.
Indeed, the pandemonium caused by Waway has made him not just a wanted convict, but also the modern-day ‘Boogeyman’.