De Lima bodyguard had bite marks, autopsy shows


Justice Secretery Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The slain bodyguard of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was “bitten and beaten” before he was shot, a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) official revealed on Saturday.

While an autopsy has established what caused the death of 32-year-old Alister Quintos, investigators said they also found “bizarre” bite marks on the victim’s right cheek and left arm.

Reynaldo Esmeralda, the NBI deputy director for technical services, said that based on the results of the autopsy conducted late Friday, apart from the bullet wound on the left side of the chest, he had several cuts and bruises on his face and body.

“He (Quintos) had cuts and bruises on the bridge of his nose, upper lip, nape and forearm leading the members of the team to conclude that Quintos was beaten up before he was killed,” he said.

He pointed out that while an apparent scuffle could explain the bite mark on Quintos’ left arm, it was difficult to determine why there were teeth impressions on his right cheek. “The teeth impressions were those of the upper set,” the NBI official said.

Bullet hit vital organs

It was also discovered that De Lima’s bodyguard was instantly killed by a bullet that pierced his chest, hit the upper and lower lobes of his left and right lung as well as the left ventricle of the heart before exiting through his back.

“Tattooing around the bullet entry wound indicates that he was shot at close range and the contusion collar around the exit wound shows that he was shot either with his back against a wall or lying down,” Esmeralda said.

According to Esmeralda, an inspection of the crime scene at Barrio Garlang in San Ildefonso, Bulacan, showed the killer “deliberately scattered” the victim’s personal belongings. But he stressed that an inventory of the items, to determine which belongings were missing, was still being conducted.

“The impression given by these findings is that Quintos was captured and beaten up by the suspect,” Esmeralda said, adding that the victim was 5 feet 8 inches tall and muscular and had to be subdued by the killer.

He said the NBI has formed a special task force to determine the circumstances which led to the killing.

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  • Pablo Juan

    kawawa naman.. he really tried to fight for his life. I suppose the NBI got DNA material from his fingernails, bite marks and his own teeth (in case he also bit back somebody)? 

    • James Liston

      Even if they can lift up any DNA, they have no database to compare with. Likewise, if they cannot even keep the “underwear” of the previous case on Vizconde case for DNA testing.. I wonder if they can find DNA match. 

      I ever heard of someone accused based on DNA analysis here in Phil. 

    • AntiAko

      biting match? i love the idea…

  • adam_d_ant

    hindi ko alama me lahing bampira pala si da loudmouth …

  • palaigit

    hmf, bite marks? could he have fought back and the attacker resorted to biting or could it have started in a somewhat deviant practice? fishy

    • Francis81

       Possibly yan palaigit kasi mahilig daw tong si Dilima sa sadomasochism.  Siya ang female dominatrix.

      • palaigit

        whew really?! yikes, dominatrix pala sya, hmf that is very interesting…like the europeans, very civil in the outside yet has some secret deviant practices…

  • pepengkabayo

    De Lima bodyguard had bite marks, autopsy shows….

    It might be a crime of sex and passion gone bad.
    De Quintos is young and good looking.
    Only a sex starve widow old woman could do that, bite to death. Any clue.

    • JJF724

      It doesn’t have to be old it could be also a very sexy and beautiful young woman that strugle to free her self and manage to bite him and grab his gun and shot him then called his friends or brother to help her get rid of the body.  They should test if he had sex over night.  For the record this is only speculation.

      • Harry

        Like a vampire?
        Definitely, he was executed. Was he messing with somebody’s wife? Or was it an entrapment set up for another purpose?

      • JJF724

        That is also other posibility but women most likely to bite to free her self specially when the arm is on her neck chocking her. Then turned arround and bite his face too before grabing his gun.  Question is, if you will intensionally kill someone why you are going to leave evidence of your teeth imprinted on your victim’s arm with your laway?

      • James Liston

        Well, regardless if they could life the bite maks.. no database to compare with. But I agree, what’s the bite mark for??? They should ask Sec De Lima.. she is good in speculations :P Kidding. Or perhaps compares the dental marks on her hahahah Just kidding!

    • KenKhoy

      are you suggesting?……………………no 

    • Boy_PickUp

       Ikaw talaga, kabayo ka nga, sobra dumi ng isip mo! Para mabuo sa isip mo yun, siguradong namboboso ka sa ginagawa nila ‘no? Peram ng sexvid pagkatapos mo ha?

  • Ape

    Baka, nakipag agawan siya sa baril ng bantay niya pero minalas lang Ana naunahan siya. Tsk tsk tsk.

  • filipinaskoh

    The bite marks could a struggle on the person he is fighting with. Pwedeng sinakal nya ng patalikod using his left arm instead of hands, that’s why there is a bite in the left arm and when the arm loose a little because of the bite the opponent usually leans at the right that could catch his cheek. He is not fighting with just one man probably there were two.

  • Mikael

    A person (likely a woman) bites somebody in defense. In this case that person seemed to be less powerful and therefore Quintos did not feel compelled to hit out. The next step that could have happened: The “victim” saw the gun, pulled it from Quintos and shot him at short range.  This looks like a defense gone bad.

  • aSwedishguy

    Struggling defense on rape and second person interference ?

  • Francis81

    Suggestion lang sa SOCO i compare niyo ang bite mark sa dental record ni Dilima.

  • mikerocky

    Its becoming clearer that a super syndicate is operating in our country and it has trained its sights on Secretary De Lima. It is axiomatic that this organization includes high ranking officials in lieu oif their brazenness and its intelligence capability. PNOY should act yesterday and not wait until something bad happen to its Official. A clue could be traced to the government of GMA who allowed this organization to operate silently in the background until her ouster from office.

  • James Liston

    Wondering: even if they lift the dental impression of the bite marks… where would they compare it to? Does the PNP-SOCO has a database to compare with? 

    • Pio Gante

      sir, no such database exists, they can only compare those bite marks from a suspect/s …if they any.

      • James Liston

        Very Sad then. I know very good Pinoys who are very good in Forensic Science and analysis.. I wonder why they don’t want to work for the government.

        Looking at the quality of cops and their trainings… I cannot help but question if they are really trustworthy to be on the job. No offense nor I am generalising, but I find it hard to trust into the system of PNP and that includes SOCO on how they gather and handle evidence. I witness one case in my previous condo how these men operate and to my chagrin… they failed in many aspects of forensic science.

        I am sure given enough training and development visavis really professionalising the PNP, the men and women in uniform will do better in fighting and solving crimes. It all comes down to professionalism and competence.

  • Darwin

    our prayers and sympathies to the family of the victim. this incident should not focus on De Lima but on the bodyguard whose killing is still unsolved.

    • pepengkabayo

      “whose killing is still unsolved”
      .Sobra ka naman, kapapatay pa lang remain unsolved agad ang conclusion mo.

      • Bansot

        You’ve asked the wrong question,  it should have been “WHOSE KILLING HAS ALREADY BEEN SOLVED???? I don’t remember any!!, not even the murder of B Aquino, the Vizconde, the Dacer and others after all these years !!!

  • Jim De Garman

    mahirap minsan ang magandang lalaki..papatayin na nga kakagatin pa.

  • EdgarEdgar

    How does the bite mark compare to Leila’s dental records?

    • R

      inconclusive….the bite marks were human.

      • AntiAko


  • Normussestudillo

    Baka may vampyre kundi lycan diyan.

  • pepengkabayo

    “Reynaldo Esmeralda, the NBI deputy director for technical services, said that based on the results of the autopsy”

    Di ba itong si Reynaldo Esmeralda ang inambush daw pero walang maniwala dahil self inflicted ambush.

  • Tirador Ngbuwaya

    Kung kayo man ay galit kay De Lima dahil nagawang maipakulong ang corrupt na amo nyo, sana ay walang insultuhan. Hindi kayo makakakuha ng simpatiya sa taong bayan sa ginagawa nyo. . lalo lang tataas ang popularity rating ni De lima,  at lalo lang kayong magagalit  at tataas pa ang blood pressure nyo hanggang sa ma- stroke kayo, . .dedbol 

  • Pinoydin

    Siguro itong si Alister may gustong i-rape kaya kinagat siya para pumalag, ayun nabitawan.  Biglang nakuha ang baril ni Alister at siya pinaputukan.

    Look at the evidence, may kagat sa cheek at left arm, ibig sabihin gustong bumitaw yung kanyang biktima, eventually nung kinagat siya sa left arm, pumalag na siya.  Tapos isang putok lang ng baril, malas niya napuruhan siya.

    Kung talagang gustong patayin siya o murder ito, hindi lang isang bullet ang pinaputok sa kanya.

    Just my 2 cents.

    • Templar Society

       unless lalake ang nirarape niya. :D

      • Pinoydin

        you have a point.

    • beerhunters

      a very compelling observation,deduction and resulting theory! keep it up. Let’s have more of this kind of thinking.

    • Jingky

       mabuting tao si Ali, kilala namin sya mula pa nung mga high school pa kami…wag kayo mang husga basta basta lalo na kung hindi nyo kilala…di kayo nakakatulong sa mga taong nagdadalamhati sa pagkamatay nya…

    • Jingky

       at paano sya mangre-rape, ibinaba sya sa Cubao ng mga kasamahan nya pra sumakay pauwi Antipolo, bigla may dumampot sa kanya at dun pa sya pinatay sa Bulacan, matalino na mga masasamang tao ngayun, maaaring kinagat sya para pang lito o pang gulo sa imbestigasyon.

  • Mananandata69

    His death had nothing to do with his job as bodyguard of De Lima. It is a more of a passionate crime. He even had a bite of death by  whom(woman?) before he was killed. Anyway let his soul rest in peace

  • billygunn23


  • Robert Huang

    Philippines is Chinese Province!

  • AntiAko

    it would be the height of inutile-ness on the part of the Secretary of Justice if she cannot herself guarantee and give justice to the death of her bodyguard…

    where are the resources of the government at your disposal, de lima?

  • oracle888

    The killer may have intentionally left the evidences at the crime scene and the victim body in order to mislead the homicide investigators.

    Try to watch COLD CASE, CIS, and NCIS and you will know what I mean.

  • yatot

    Nangangagat pala itong si Laylay de Lama kapag nasasarapan… hahaha

  • yatot

    “The teeth impressions were those of the upper set,” the NBI official said. 

    Check nyo upper set ni LAyla de Laman. ahaha

    • florante rinon


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