NBI, CHR perform autopsy on 14-year-old Reynaldo de Guzman

Eloisa Lopez

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NBI, CHR perform autopsy on 14-year-old Reynaldo de Guzman
Dr Carlomagno Yalung of the NBI says that the overlapping wounds on Reynaldo de Guzman's body has made it difficult for their team to confirm how many times the teenager was stabbed

MANILA, Phillippines – National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) medico-legal  Dr Carlomagno Yalung has yet to determine the cause of death of Grade 5 student Reynaldo de Guzman after performing an autopsy on the victim’s body on Thursday, September 7, at Dariz Funeral in Gapan, Nueva Ecija.

De Guzman, 14, was found floating dead on a creek in Gapan, Nueva Ecija on Tuesday, September 5, at least 80 kilometers away from his home in Cainta, Rizal.

The boy was found with his head wrapped in plastic, packaging tape, and a T-shirt. He had multiple stab wounds on his body. 

Yalung explained that the overlapping wounds on De Guzman’s body made it difficult for the NBI team to confirm how many times the teenager was stabbed. The wounds had also been “modified” by sutures and embalment which caused delay. 

Yalung said the release of the official findings will take at least two to 3 weeks, depending on the results of the laboratory tests to be conducted in the NBI office in Manila. 

“Revealing immediate results will be a disservice to the victim,” he said.

In the same room, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) performed a separate autopsy with representatives from the Philippine National Police and crime operatives. 

Dr Joseph Jimenez, CHR medico-legal, said the stab wounds on Reynaldo’s body punctured his heart, chest cavities, and lungs.

He however could not say if the victim was repeatedly stabbed before or after he died. 

He also told Eduardo Gabriel, Reynaldo’s father, that at least 17 stab wounds were found on his son’s body, but that this has yet to be officially confirmed. Gapan police placed the number of stab wounds at 30, based on their initial investigation.

De Guzman was last seen with Carl Angelo Arnaiz, who was killed by Caloocan policemen in a shootout after allegedly robbing a taxi driver on August 18. Arnaiz was found in a morgue on August 28.

De Guzman’s death is the latest in the killings of teenagers over the last few weeks that sparked public outrage, among them 17-year-old Kian delos Santos. – Rappler.com

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