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
PNP’s subpoena power may pose threat – Makabayan bloc
(L-R) ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio and PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa
MANILA, Philippines — The Makabayan bloc of the lower house of Congress believes the number of human rights violations in the country may rise due to the subpoena powers given to the Philippine National Police.
“Our primary concern is that it will result into the abuse of human rights and civil liberties of the people,” ACTS Teachers Party List Representative Antonio Tinio said.
A group of lawyers, the National Union of People’s Lawyer (NUPL), shares the same view on the matter.
“It will open the opportunity to unlawful and illegal search, arrest and seizure of properties,” said NUPL president, Atty. Edre Olalia.
Tinio also raised alarm that the government might also soon give similar powers to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The Makabayan bloc said it is open to question the new law, but noted it will study first its possible violations of the Constitution.
On the other hand, PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa vowed that the police will not abuse the use of such powers.
He added that the subpoena powers will greatly help the PNP in investigating cases as it will speed up the release of required documents or persons.
PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) legal division chief PSupt. Joseph Orsos, initially revealed that anyone who ignores the subpoena of the PNP can be detained.
“It can be considered as contempt of higher court, meaning RTC (Regional Trial Court). It’s not only a contemptuous act against the MTC (Municipal/Metropolitan Trial Court), meaning you can be incarcerated for up to 30 days,” said Orsos. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
DOJ junks rebellion charges against Najiya Maute
Mug shot of Najiya Maute (CIDG-ARMM)
MANILA, Philippines —The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed complaints against the wife of one of the leaders of the terror group Maute-ISIS.
Based on the resolution penned by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong, there is no sufficient evidence to file rebellion charges against Najiya Maute, the wife of Mohammad Khayyam Maute.
The DOJ explained that Najiya’s supposed delivery of food to members of the Maute group at a mosque in Marawi City is not a proof that she was involved in the rebellion.
The DOJ initially dismissed the complaints filed against her due to lack of evidence.
The agency gave the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) the chance to submit additional evidence, but they failed to attend the hearing last February. — UNTV News & Rescue
PRRD signs law that gives subpoena powers to PNP chief and CIDG
FILE PHOTO: (Left-Right) PNP Chief General Ronald Dela Rosa and President Rodrigo Duterte
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Republic Act No. 10973 or the law that gives the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director and deputy director for administration the power to issue a subpoena.
With this, anyone who will receive a subpoena from the PNP or CIDG can no longer disregard the invitation.
Those who will not comply with the subpoena will face charges.
“It can be considered as contempt of higher court meaning RTC. That is not only a contemptuous act of the MTC meaning you can be incarcerated in 30 days,” said CIDG legal division chief PSupt. Joseph Orsos.
The subpoena powers also cover the documents being requested by the PNP.
According to CIDG director Roel Obusan, the new law will help them their investigation.
“Walang masyadong nasasaktan. Maiiwasan din yung bulong bulungan na kapag nag-raid ay kung ano-ano ang kinukuha ng raiding party, kahit na hindi subject ng search warrant so mas magiging mas democratic, legit at mas mabilis,” said Obusan.
(There will be lesser harm. Rumors of lost properties during raids will be gone, although they are not subject to search warrants. The process will become more democratic, legitimate and faster.)
Previously, only the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) have the power to issue a subpoena. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue