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The Waway Effect

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’.

Warlito Toledo


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52 responses to “The Waway Effect

  1. tikboy October 23, 2007 at 9:05 am

    Ley, just confirming. is this fiction or real life story?- if real, is he still on the loose?

  2. ianne October 23, 2007 at 10:16 am

    Evil people will go to hell! My brother’s killer still not captured & it happened in 1979! Because the evil man hides from one province to another, look who’s a coward! In the western world, bad guys are captured in no time because they have a network that really works! U.S. criminals will run to Canada or vise versa; or they run to other countries. The modern tech nowadays makes it easier to find them. Good riddance!

  3. haha October 23, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    produkto man ni sa radyo baba! hehehe.. here is what i heard from the media interviews of police officials;

    Warlito Toledo really exists. He has ONLY ONE standing warrant of arrest for ALLEDGED rape (he has not been convicted nor his case has been tried) at Danao City. there were people believed to be family of Waway’s victim who went to Danao City police office and asked for Waway’s picture. they were suspected to be behind the printing and posting of the posters.

    contrary to the rumors, there are no accounts of serial rape cases against pregnant women, nor accounts of serial killings in any police blotter in any police station in Cebu.

  4. isagani October 23, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    this jst shows how police here in the philippines is really slow…its been days still they haven’t found that criminal..what are they waiting for?many people to shed blood..

  5. slaveboi October 24, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    tinuod ni?


    it’s scary. my uncle said he heard he can turn himself into a snake. :c klaro diha ley! :p

  6. leylander October 24, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    pagdala lang gud ug bunal pirmi! hehehe.

  7. pilar October 25, 2007 at 2:47 am

    a! grabe! mahimo syang snake?? unsa man diay na sya mas powerful pa sa atong Ginoo?? di ko mo too..

  8. rafael October 25, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    waway really shiits in our community>>>>>

  9. '-'aMizhyAh'-' October 25, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    is this really true? i wonder. i doubt. i’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about him which give me the creeps.. a lot of people haev already been afraid of him. i hope that what the others have told me about his amulet isn’t true — the rituals that he had undergone to gain his said “powers”.. and i also hope that he will be captured ASAP! am worried about people going nuts with this story! LOL! thanks for posting this! Ü

  10. Brownie October 26, 2007 at 10:57 am

    naa diay ni syay power? … kilikili power? hehehe

  11. slaveboi October 26, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    i bet he’s just mad his dad named him Warlito. Geez.

    But seriously, even my usually unfazed uncle is worried. :c

  12. siobe October 29, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    hes an ASSHOLE!!

  13. kibot October 31, 2007 at 1:26 am

    gwapo gud nmo mura man kag monggoloid….

    to: alyas waway…^_^

  14. Tsuringkan October 31, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    oi waway paboyag palabi basin kaw ako patyon ^^ ..I..

  15. borgs November 1, 2007 at 2:12 am

    sa laing bahin nakatabang na sa mga bata nga dili na mag stand by sa gawas kn gabii na.pero hinaut nga dili pod unta na tinood kay akong anak dili na gyud mosogot sogoon kung gabii na kay naa kuno si waway hehehe!

  16. taps November 3, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    waway!!!!!!!pagroch mo wui!!!!!keep 8 up waway….idle taka….WALA KANG KATULAD WAWAY…..mahimo ka snake….?? ako mahimo og earthworm…hehehehe…….hala waway pasi-aw pa ha…..

  17. fckyoualen November 6, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    CPPO Director Carmelo Valmoria said the stories are just “making mountains out of molehills” and that the reports about Warlito “Waway” Toledo were exaggerated.

    Toledo has a pending warrant of arrest for a rape case. He was also reportedly tagged for a murder case but no evidence was gathered against him.

    Reports first circulated in Danao City that Toledo would enter houses and pick his targets.

    The rumors were fueled after a local daily (not Sun.Star Cebu) published a report about Toledo being a “serial killer.” Similar reports were also picked up

    Valmoria said there is a P10,000 reward for Toledo’s capture, provided by Danao City Mayor Ramon “Nito” Durano III.

    pero layo ra ni ARistotle “ares” EVES.. :P250,000 pesos reward hitman sa alpha kappa rho… asa man ta mahadlok kuno beh?

  18. abbi November 6, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    …..his not the real waway…..the real waway is not already existing….

  19. tanom November 7, 2007 at 6:20 am

    weeeeeeeeeee.. wala lang! aehehhehe

  20. Lyn November 8, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    sigurado ko, naa ra na siya sa mga kilid-kilid nagpahipi lang.

  21. asHLy November 9, 2007 at 1:44 am

    kung kahadlokan ni c Waway, nganu gamay raman ang pabuya 10,000..hehhehehe,,

    . . i heard the story of waway one month before the news got on the line from my officemates from danao. the story had circulated in the north where this waway would knocked on the door anytime and do his thing ( rape, murder, rob..or the likes). his fave victims are those alone in the house and paticularly woman.

    . . .it really give me a creeps…hehhehe…hope madakpan na xa….cge najud ko panirado sa house bisan hayag pang daku…

  22. Lyn November 10, 2007 at 11:13 am

    walay budget mao gamay ra pabuya….hehehe

    usa pa basin kulang pa ang kasikat niya mao gamay ra reward. LOL

  23. florida November 11, 2007 at 7:53 am

    waway….. naa ra sa inyong luyo labi na sa classmate saw him. ….nagpalit pan….patay mo dooo…..

  24. endie November 11, 2007 at 7:56 am

    hi…guys waway is in mindanao na oi…….yaw mo hadluk…….ilosyun ra na ninyo oi…..hehehehe…

  25. marjo November 12, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    nahadlok na gyud ko ni waway

  26. Krystal Mae Pabillon November 14, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Dapat Hindi manakit siya dahil walang kasalanan ang ibang tao. Pls. huwag mong saktan kami..

  27. paloma gwapa November 14, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    kami kay hadlok a kay mainta naa si kokey para mo protekta for me

  28. leylander November 14, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    di ba murag mas kahadlukan si kokey? lol. joke ra ha. hehehe

  29. ar.enology102190 November 15, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    he ceases to exist. let it be. if ever we will meet. i’ll just give him my mobile number. :) stay cool cebuanos.

  30. Comrad November 19, 2007 at 5:19 am

    Pag sure mo oi!

  31. Lyn November 19, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    Si waway nakit-an sa among silingan, tungod sa pagtago-tago wala kaantos sa kagutom, nangawat ug Dukot dala na hasta ang kaldero. Ug tungod sa kauhaw gipatimbang sa Carlock para kono dunay sapi para ipalit ug softdrink. hehehe (joke lang)

  32. dada December 14, 2007 at 11:39 am

    pag tsure waway hui!!!!!!!!!! kanndot jud u mhimo kag snake hehehehe

  33. yantoy December 17, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    c waway naa nay aids!!!!…prhs clag nwng sa kontrabida sa kung fu hustle!!!… bwahahaha…agoo0oy…bti xag nawng!!!…

  34. tulume_pogi February 20, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    The same serial killer here in Manila, with their character and behaviour. hey are hunting down people in the areas of Binangonan, Cainta, Pasig, and Marikina. People there were believing he might exists everywhere. May god keep us alive. Keep on Praying, and god will protect you from evil.


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  36. tosa July 7, 2008 at 11:37 am

    what i’ve known waway is already in r.i.p so to all people make fun of this guy i think u should stop it ur just making a horror out of yourself…..and it show how nymph is your mind although he is a criminal according to our law…still u dont know wats the reasons why he became a criminal… don’t be a judgmental person….there’s a reasons behind of it….

  37. sakray December 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    when you kill or rape someone is there really need for a reason…… BIGATLON lng jud na si waway! hehehehe

  38. Waway December 20, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Mga brad and sis, musta naman mong tanan dha? Miss you all. Ayaw mo kabalaka nako, naa gihapon ko sa inyong portahan taga gabie, manuktok lng unya ko og luwaan nako inyong tsinelas kung di ko kasud sa inyong panimalay. Amping og ayaw kalimti akong snacks kung mo bisita ko. Love u all.

  39. spookyyyy... April 21, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    unsa sa mani oi…. ka spookyyyy sab ning tawhana…… scared me…!!

  40. missgiftsphilippines August 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    people become a criminal, because its their decision to be one. whatever the reason is, criminal is someone who abide the law.

  41. Jade i. January 30, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    We need Harry Poter!

  42. shino April 18, 2010 at 5:40 am

    there’s a rumour here in negros occidental especially in bacolod that police cooperative notice some vicious desapearance of people in mall area despite of that rumour still there are plenty of people who still visits mall area like SM,Gaisano, and Robinson!
    Other sayings was some employees would disapear inside there job premises for several days.

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  44. WAWAY OF NEW GENERATION June 17, 2012 at 3:47 am

    hes not the real waway…i was only 7 years old when i first heard that name and they say his a murderer and a thief somewhere here in mindanao now im 33 waway is dead long time ago mga piskata mo

  45. Wiw June 22, 2012 at 2:42 am

    patay na d i c waway . sayang .! hahaa\

  46. cole_bukol October 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    taka lng man mo uy! taga cebu man gud na gud shunga kaayo mo do naa ra na sa bukid bukid ga puyo mao na ayaw ato sa bukid dagiton mo!

  47. cole_bukol October 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    chuy ra ba kono na si waway kay naay anting-anting bsag ikaw ang pinakaisog sa tanan mapildi ra ka ana kay naay special powers si waway…..boom!!

  48. cole_bukol October 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    he will never ever ever die 4ever!!

  49. terryuckiesoda November 2, 2012 at 12:57 am

    i will live forever… be aware!! bwahahaha… (demon laugh)

  50. Waray May 28, 2013 at 1:18 am

    I know him and i’m not gonna tell where he is.. He is a nice guy, but recently he got addicted to shabu.

  51. Pulis August 5, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    2014 na lage bai pro wla lage cya. nagsabot mi niya nga mag-abot mi didto sa Police Station. wla mn nitunga

  52. melick dala August 6, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    ang angayan kahadlokan ang GOD ky anytime gusto nya kuhaon atong kinabuhe mahimu dayon ni God so ayaw mo padala sa kahadlok besan kinsang tawo nga kreminal aning kalibotana si God ra ang angayan n2 kahadlokan Amen ba?

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