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 finalizes report to clarify issues of alleged extrajudicial killings in the country
FILE PHOTO: National Headquarters of the Philippine National Police
MANILA, Philippines — For the last time, the Philippine National Police (PNP) sought to clarify anew the issue of the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.
To do this, the PNP is completing now a report that would clarify the reasons behind the deaths of more than 10,000 drug suspects in various parts of the country, which critics claim, are state-sponsored killings.
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has initially sought to conduct a similar probe, but President Rodrigo Duterte himself prohibited the plan.
“How do we now know ngayon kung ano yung sinasabi nilang EJK? Kasi ang sa atin po ay ano yung krimen na naganap, pag may krimen na naganap sino ang perpetrator? State or non state? Ngayon isa pa, iniimbistigahan ba yan o hindi?” said PNP PIO chief PCSupt. Dionardo Carlos.
(How do we know now what this EJK is that they are talking about? Because for us, it’s about the crime committed, and if it was committed, who was the perpetrator?State or non-state? Another one is, are these being investigated or not)
According to the PNP, the thousands of deaths cannot be considered as extrajudicial killings or EJK since the cases are still under investigation.
If a cop is proven involved in a killing, the PNP explained that it will fall under the category of murder and not EJK.
For now, authorities have already resolved more than 6,000 cases of deaths, meaning these are already in courts, and the suspects are now facing charges.
Through the said report, the public can know what happened behind the anti-illegal drugs operations of the PNP.
“What we do is analyze what is happening and report, give out strategies give out this report to the public. We see no plot to cover up,” said the police.
Meanwhile, the PNP will turn over death cases involving illegal drugs to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
PNP-AKG readies new witnesses in Jee Ick Joo kidnap-slay case
MANILA, Philippines – Some policemen who were part of the group behind the kidnapping of Jee Ick Joo have expressed willingness to testify in the killing of the Korean national.
According to PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) Director Glenn Dumlao, many should have been punished for the crime, but many of the suspects were able to go scot-free.
Among them, Dumlao said, are the NBI operatives who are believed to have been involved in the crime.
“Ginagawan namin ng paraan na mahagip pa yung iba eh kasi tatawa tawa lang yung iba dyan eh kung ano partisipasyon ng mga pnp suspects eh ganun din naman sila (We are trying to capture the others because some of them are sniggering, when in fact, whatever the PNP suspects’ participation was, they’re guilty of the same), he said.
According to Dumlao, he was able to talk to the wife of Jee Ick Jook. He said the Korean’s wife is dismayed over the slow pace of the case.
The PNP admitted not having strong evidence yet but noted their new witness could provide a big help in the case.
The AKG previously filed charges against some policemen and NBI operatives, but the cases were dismissed due to lack of evidence.
“It is now on our part on how we can gather evidence to give justice. Because I think those who are detained are now thinking, why only them?” PS/Supt. Glenn Dumlao said.
Currently, the motion to post bail by SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel and P/Supt Rafael Dumlao are still being heard in court. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
PNP to retake anti-illegal drug ops if problems on illegal drugs worsens
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it does not want all its efforts in the war on drugs to be put to waste, especially the actions it enforced to address the proliferation of the selling and use of shabu in the streets.
The PNP claims to have given huge contributions to prevent the spread of illegal drugs in the country.
This is why PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa noted that if more cops get involved in illegal drug trade activities, and the number of crime increases, he will personally ask the president to allow the police to return to the drug war.
“If the situation worsens, like when peddling of shabu returns to the streets, and the transactions for such become more open, and no one is intervening anymore, I will go to the president and ask him to allow us to return to the scene. Let’s not neglect the country, and allow the Philippines to become pitiful,” said Dela Rosa.
However, the PNP chief noted that that the loss of lives will remain inevitable if cops are allowed again to conduct illegal drugs operations.
The police general emphasized this would only happen when the lives of his men are put at risk during such anti-drug raids.
“Don’t ask change from us. Ask that from the drug personalities. If you don’t want the war on drugs to be violent, to be bloody, then tell them to stop selling drugs. Stop fighting back against the police,” said the PNP chief.
Dela Rosa, meanwhile, clarified that the PNP is confident of the ability of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to address the illegal drug trade.
This is why the PNP chief said that his men are on standby in case PDEA calls for help.
“If they ask for support, we will give them. If not, then we are hands-off,” said Dela Rosa. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue