Kian’s paraffin test yields negative result

admin   •   August 23, 2017   •   5051

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MANILA, Philippines — A paraffin test is conducted to know if a person has fired a gun.

In the case of Kian delos Santos, the paraffin test was conducted after he was embalmed.

According to PNP Crime Lab, embalming a person can erase some traces of gun powder from a dead man’s body.

This is the reason why, based on their protocol, the PNP needs to conduct an autopsy and other tests after the death of a person.

However, they admitted that sometimes they have no control of the situation.

“It’s a protocol for us na (that) if it’s a violent death huwag muna ipa-embalm (do not have it embalmed just yet). And it is not our control, sometimes yung (the) relative will think 2 to 3 days tapos naka embalm (after having it embalmed), and they will ask for the autopsy pag nahimasmasan (when they regain their senses),” said PNP Crime Lab Medico Legal Division chief Dr. Jane Monzon.

The autopsy report conducted by PNP Crime Lab contradicts the autopsy carried out by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) forensic team.

Accordingto PNP Crime Lab Director PCSupt. Aurelio Trampe, only two gun shots in the head and not three gunshots killed Kian.

Also, there were no bruises found in the body of Kian.

Dr. Monzon, clarified, “Based on this report wala akong makitang (I could not see any) stippling or soot so I assumed that this is more than 60 cm. yung (the) tip of the barrel not the gunman. We always point doon sa (to the) tip of the barrel to the victim hindi po yung posisyon ng bumaril (not the position of the gunman), only tip of the barrel,”

The Public Attorney’s Office said the difference in the results will not matter.

Okay lang naman yun, pagdating naman niyan sa piskalya o sa court, i-dedetermine naman yan ng piskalya o prosecutor o ng court kung sino ang mas believable,” said PAO forensic expert Dr. Erwin Erfe. (It’s okay. When it comes to the fiscal or court, the fiscal or prosecutor of the court will determine who is more believable.)

On Thursday, the Senate is set to conduct an investigation into the death of Kian, and the PNP Crime Lab is prepared to explain the full details of their examination. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

New PRO-7 chief wants thorough investigation of Cebu mall robbery

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 22, 2019

PBGen. Val De Leon

The new Provincial Regional Office 7 chief PBGen. Val De Leon wants a thorough investigation on the recent robbery at a mall in Cebu on Saturday (October 19).

De Leon said they want to determine how the robbers were able to get inside a jewelry shop and take around P100 million worth of jewelries. He also wants to determine who should be accountable for the lack of security.

He said there should be a police inside the mall vicinity to immediately respond to the incident.

“Gusto kong paigtingin ang dragnet operation, (I want to heighten the dragnet operation)” he said.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reminds mall owners to tighten the security in their establishment especially during holiday season.

“Lalo pang pina-igting na security screening sa mga entrances, ang kinakailangan talaga ay masusing inspection ang mga dala-dalahan, (Tighten the security screening in entrances. What is needed is a thorough inspection of belongings)” he said.

Banac also reminds the public to cooperate during security checks to ensure the safety of everyone.

The PNP will install Police Assistance Desk in malls to assist in the security.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

NAPOLCOM favors third party investigation on 2013 ‘Agaw-Bato’ incident

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 10, 2019

FILE PHOTO: An operative from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) puts back methamphetamine inside a plastic bag during a presentation of seized drugs at the NBI headquarters in Manila, Philippines. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) is in favor of having third party investigation on the 2013 ‘Agaw Bato’ incident in Pampanga.

Mas maganda kung may third party investigating para mawalan ng suspetsa na nagpapabaya o may nagtatakipan (It is better to have a third party investigating [the case] to remove suspicion of neglect or bias),” according to NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman Atty. Rogelio Casurao.

However, Casurao said they will wait for the results of the Senate hearing on the illegal drug recycling issue before releasing their recommendation.

“The timeline is for us to put the investigation in place immediately so that by the time, the matter of investigation of the Senate done, mayroon na rin siguro kaming [resulta] (we would also have our results),” he said.

NAPOLCOM also said they are prepared to accept new administrative cases against 13 alleged ‘ninja cops’ for recycling confiscated illegal drugs in 2013.

President Rodrigo Duterte previously ordered NAPOLCOM Chairman, and incumbent Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año to investigate the ‘Agaw Bato’ incident.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)

Ombudsman probes PAO’s Acosta, Erfe for alleged corruption

Robie de Guzman   •   August 16, 2019

Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta

MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the Ombudsman on Friday confirmed it is investigating Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta and Forensic Laboratory chief Dr. Erwin Erfe for alleged graft and corruption.

In a statement, the Ombudsman said it is currently conducting preliminary and administrative adjudication against Acosta and Erfe on corruption allegations within PAO including the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine issue.

The case stemmed from the complaints filed early this year by lawyer Wilfredo Garrido Jr. who sought for the suspension of Acosta and Erfe for allegedly committing corruption, falsification, malversation and illegal use of public funds or property.

The two PAO officials supposedly made money in alleged illegal purchases of office supplies for their crusade against Dengvaxia in 2018.

Acosta was also accused of using PAO budget to hold seminars at luxury hotels as she supposedly receives a commission for every gathering.

The Ombudsman said that after Garrido’s complaints were evaluated and docketed in April 2019, an order was immediately issued, directing the respondents to file their respective counter-affidavits.

“Records from the criminal and administrative cases show that respondents are facing criminal charges for violation of Sections 3(e) and 3(j) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices), Falsification by Public Officer, Malversation and Illegal Use of Public Funds or Property,” the statement read.

Administrative charges for Grave Misconduct, Serious Dishonesty, Grave Abuse of Authority and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service, were also leveled against Acosta and Erfe,” it added.

Acosta and Erfe have denied the allegations in a consolidated counter-affidavit they filed last April 30.

The Office of the Ombudsman said several other pleadings were filed by the respective parties during the course of the investigation, including the one signed by alleged “DOJ PAO lawyers.”

The Ombudsman said that as of August, the parties were directed to file their respective verified position papers containing their positions, supporting evidence and defenses.

“The corruption allegations against the high-ranking PAO officials will be judiciously scrutinized and the cases shall be resolved solely on the basis of the evidence presented by the parties,” Ombudsman Samuel Martires said.

Malacañang earlier said it will not interfere with the case.

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