Kian’s paraffin test yields negative result

admin   •   August 23, 2017   •   4876

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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

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.

NBI to validate identity of man claiming to be ‘Bikoy’

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday said it is now taking measures to validate the identity of Peter Joemel Advincula, the man who claims to be ‘Bikoy’ in the video series entitled “Ang Totoong Narco List” uploaded online.

NBI cybercrime division chief Vic Lorenzo said they have started investigating Advincula’s records to ascertain his identity based on evidence.

Lorenzo said their initial investigation have shown that Advincula has been involved in several criminal cases but there was no record linking him to illegal drugs.

“Vineverify na namin ‘yung nagpakilalang Bikoy. Peter Advincula nga. May mga nakikita kaming records sa kanya, criminal records sa kanya. Walang drugs kaming nakita doon sa records niya,” Lorenzo said.

Advincula surfaced at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Monday to seek legal assistance to sue presidential son Paolo Duterte, former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, and lawyer Manases Carpio, the husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

He said the death threats he was receiving pushed him to go public.

READ: Man claiming to be ‘Bikoy’ asks help from IBP

In a statement he read before the press on Monday, he admitted to being jailed in 2012 for six years for estafa after VitaPlus, the company he formerly worked for as marketing executive, allegedly made him sign some documents. He was released in 2016 for “good behavior.”

Lorenzo said that aside from estafa, Advincula was also charged for swindling and large-scale recruitment, which makes his drug claims against the Duterte family and their allies highly doubtful.

“Highly questionable ‘yung integrity niya kasi when you are lying all your life and scamming all your life, walang credibility on your allegations e,” Lorenzo said.

The NBI official also expressed skepticism on Advincula’s claim that he used to personally scan Go and Duterte’s alleged back tattoos of a dragon-like figure and alphanumeric codes of their supposed bank accounts for their drug dealings.

“May mga sinasabi siya ‘yung mga bar codes ng tattoo na supposedly sa mga personalities, inii-scan nila ‘yun. Ang question is can you really imprint a bar code or QR code to someone’s skin? Napakahirap yata nun,” Lorenzo said. 

Go and Duterte had repeatedly refuted the allegations. Go even bared his back for the second time on Monday to deny the claims.

READ: Bong Go bares his back to deny alleged link to drug syndicate

READ: Paolo Duterte denies receiving kickbacks from drug syndicates

The NBI earlier said it is planning to summon Advincula for questioning and to shed light on some issues, particularly on his identity and the drug claims he made against the Duterte family members.

READ: NBI to summon man claiming to be ‘Bikoy’

Lorenzo also said that they are now investigating several persons of interest in the ‘Bikoy’ narco videos based on the forensic examination they conducted on the electronic gadgets obtained from Rodel Jayme. (with details from April Cenedoza)

Makabayan bloc wants probe on death of 14 in Negros Oriental

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 4, 2019

Members of the Makabayan bloc files House Resolution 2533 on April 3, 2019 that calls on CHR to probe the killing of 14 farmers during a police operation in Negros Oriental on March 30, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Makabayan Bloc wants the House of Representatives to probe the killing of 14 farmers during a police operation in Negros Oriental on Saturday (March 30).

READ: PNP Chief relieves Negros Oriental top cops over farmers’ killing

The bloc has filed House Resolution 2533 on Wednesday (April 3) which calls on the House Committee on Human Rights to investigate on the killings.

“The killings in Negros Oriental are crimes against humanity, targeted assassinations of leaders and members of local peasant organizations perpetrated by the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the guise of anti-criminality operations,” according to their statement.

Anakpawis party-list Representative Ariel Casilao said that he doesn’t believe that the slain individuals fought back.

“Our initial collation of data and testimonies from the survivors and the family of the victims point that there was a summary execution—a summary execution style,” Casilao said.

Based on the report, the chairperson of Hukom or Hugpong Kusog Mag-uuma sa Canlaon and two barangay chairman in Manjuyod were among the individuals killed.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Grace Casin)

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