MANILA, Philippines — Based on the DNA test conducted by the PNP Crime Laboratory, the cadaver with 31 stab wounds was not of 14-year-old Reynaldo de Guzman alias “Kulot”.
“He was not Reynaldo de Guzman. He was not the son of the couple. The dead body found in the creek. We don’t know, we have to ask around if there are reports that a boy his age was missing in other places not necessarily in Nueva Ecija,” said Philippine National Police (PNP) Deputy Chief for Operations, PDDG. Fernando Mendez Jr.
The real identity of the dead body found in a creek in Gapan, Nueva Ejica is now a big puzzle for the Philippine National Police.
The PNP said the provincial police chief of Nueva Ecija requested to have the dead body undergo a DNA test.
The PNP then took DNA samples from Kulot’s father Eduardo Gabriel and his mother Lina de Guzman through buccal swab.
“The accuracy of the test is what is standard for a scientific investigation, and if you were asking for numbers it is 99.9% accurate,” said PNP Crime Lab DNA Division Chief PCInsp. Lorna Santos.
With the result of the DNA test, the PNP still considers Reynaldo a missing person and is still being searched for by police.
The PNP is now puzzled over the source of the information that the dead body found in a creek in Gapan was Kulot.
Authorities are still not discounting the possibility that some individuals are trying to sabotage the campaign of the government against illegal drugs by misleading investigators.
However, the Public Attorneys Office (PAO) stands firm that the cadaver was Kulot.
According to PAO chief Atty. Persida Acosta, it was Kulot’s mother herself who identified the remains by pointing at his body markings such as his warts and scars.
Acosta claims there might have been mishandling in the conduct of the DNA test that resulted into the mismatch of DNA results of the cadaver.
“The DNA is reliable if the specimen is the same specimen. If there was a mishandling of the specimen, the findings might not match. But it was the parents of Kulot who identified him. They saw marks on his skin,” said Acosta.
According to the Public Attorney’s Office, the PNP’s move to make the incident an issue of mistaken identity will not affect the case it is now handling.
It said the identification of the mother to the identity of his son has more weight.
On the other hand, the PNP said it is in no position to say that Kulot was orphaned just because his DNA did not match that of his parents.
The police said it is now using as basis the statements of his parents that the dead body found in Gapan was the 14-year-old Reynaldo de Guzman. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue