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 holds reenactment of Mayor Halili’s assassination
At exactly 8:10 a.m. on Monday, July 2, Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili was shot dead in the early Monday flag ceremony at the Tanuan City Hall grounds.
The Special Investigation Task Group Halili conducted on Thursday, July 5 the reenactment of the assassination.
This aims to eliminate speculations and establish the position of the gunman.
In the reenactment, a mannequin wearing a suit was placed at the spot where Mayor Halili was standing along with other individuals during the incident.
After the reenactment, Region 4-A Director Edward Carranza confirmed that the position of the gunman was the sniper hole which they mentioned before.
The crime laboratory said that the killer had an estimated distance of 76.8 meters from the position of the mayor.
The suspect was also elevated 4.1 meters from the ground which enabled him to hit the mayor despite any movement in his place.
Carranza said that it is possible that the gunman is not a sniper who commonly aims for a head shot.
At a distance of 76.8 meters, he said that civilians who are highly-skilled in firearms can also execute a kill shot comparable to a marksman’s .
Currently, there are still three persons of interest who are under investigation.
Meanwhile, at around 9:30 pm in the morning, the crime laboratory has found a bullet in the sniper hole.
It will undergo a ballistic examination to cross-match with the 5.56mm bullet found in the body of the mayor in an autopsy.
Through this, it is possible to identify the owner of the firearm which was used in the killing of Halili. — Sherwin Culubong | UNTV News & Rescue
2 PNP officers sacked over death of detainee
Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 4 Commander P/Supt Carlito Grijaldo and duty jailer PO3 Dennis Saño have been relieved of their posts effective Thursday, June 21, over the death of detainee, Genesis Argoncillo.
PNP Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde has also instructed NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar to investigate if QCPD Director Chief Supt. Joselito Esquivel, Jr. should be relieved for command responsibility. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
125,000 jobs available in nationwide job fairs on Independence Day — DOLE
Nearly 125,000 job openings await Filipinos in job fairs across the country on June 12 in celebration of the nation’s 120th Independence Day.
Over 60,000 jobs are being offered for local employment. Top job vacancies include production machine operators, construction workers, company drivers, service crews, customer service representatives, factory workers and sales agents.
There are 7,000 vacant positions for officers and enlisted personnel in the AFP, PNP, Philippine Navy and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.
Over 53,000 jobs overseas are open for service workers, nurses, engineers, labor workers, sales personnel, and carpenters.
Foreign countries with job openings include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, Japan, Oman and New Zealand.
DOLE assured that all participating companies in the jobs and business fair will not offer contractual jobs in line with the government’s directive to regularize all workers and end illegal contractualization in the country.
“We saw to it that nothing like that is included. All these employers are legitimate,” said DOLE Undersecretary Jing Paras. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue