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QCPD arrests paralegal guarding Randy Echanis’ body

Rambo Talabong
QCPD arrests paralegal guarding Randy Echanis’ body

ARRESTED. Paralegal Pao Colabres. Photo from Colabres’ Facebook page

Photo from Colabres’ Facebook page

One of Randy Echanis' lawyers says paralegal Pao Colabres was arrested during a vigil for the slain Anakpawis chair

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) arrested the paralegal guarding the body of slain Anakpawis chair Randall “Randy” Echanis early morning Tuesday, August 11.

In a phone interview with Rappler, Rachel Pastores, one of Echanis’ lawyers, said that paralegal Pao Colabres was arrested at around 2 am during a vigil for Echanis.

What happened before?

The arrest follows the police “forcibly” taking Echanis’ body from a St Peter’s funeral home branch, the Echanis family’s preferred place of wake, to the Pink Petals Memorial Homes in La Loma, Quezon City.

Police took the body without the consent of the Echanis family and claimed that his body needed a “release order,” a document unheard of in handling dead bodies.

What happens next?

Colabres is currently detained at the headquarters of the QCPD in Camp Karingal. He is set for inquest proceedings for obstruction of justice – an alleged violation that Pastores denied.

Pastores said the police already had Echanis’ body in their possession and that Colabres was only there to prevent procedures, such as an autopsy, from being conducted without the Echanis family’s consent. – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.