By Jeffrey Damicog
Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta has called as illegal the DNA testing conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) on the remains of 14-year-old Reynaldo “Kulot” de Guzman.
Since the PAO represents Kulot’s parents Lina and Eddie, Acosta pointed out that the PNP should have taken samples from the body for DNA testing while in the presence of PAO lawyers.
“The panel of PAO lawyers handling the case of the murder of Reynaldo De Guzman is of the opinion that the taking of consent and DNA sample in the absence of PAO lawyers was illegal, and suspicious in that the body of Reynaldo De Guzman was positively identified by the family, the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) and the CHR (Commission on Human Rights),” said Acosta in a statement.
“There was no issue at all on the identity of the cadaver and that there are no other claimants,” she added.
The PNP has already released results of the DNA testing it conducted and concluded that the body which was fished out from a creek in Kinabayuhan in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija last September 5 is not Kulot.
Despite this, the PAO chief said her office won’t take any action to refute the findings of the PNP.
“The PAO Forensic Lab therefore will take no further action on the DNA result released as it appears to be of very little credibility given the circumstances surrounding its release,” she said.
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