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NBI agent found dead in airport car park

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CEBU CITY—An agent of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) was found dead with a gunshot wound in the head on the car park of the Mactan Cebu International Airport in Barangay Buaya, Lapu-Lapu City, on Wednesday afternoon.

Police, however, have yet to determine if NBI agent Jeffrey Jude Yap was a victim of accidental shooting or murder, said PO3 Lydo Pinos, investigator of the Lapu-Lapu City police.

Yap, 35, a native of Digos City, Davao del Sur, was assigned to the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons at the Mactan Cebu International Airport just three weeks ago.

A police investigation showed that Yap had a drinking session with Richard Manto, staff house maintenance worker, at the car park hours before Yap’s body was found.

After consuming two bottles of brandy, Yap asked Manto to buy another bottle and a loaf of bread at a store located outside the compound.

The police report said Yap called a security guard, Romeo Malubay, to ask the guard to test Yap’s gun that the NBI agent had said hadn’t been used for quite some time.

Malubay told police that he turned down Yap’s request because firing the gun inside the compound would cause alarm.

Malubay said he later heard a burst of gunfire. When he went to check, the guard said he found Yap’s body on the car park.

Single bullet

The security guard said he saw a .40 cal. Glock pistol near Yap’s feet, PO3 Pinos said.

Yap was brought to the Mactan Doctors’ Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

A hospital report said a single bullet entered Yap’s left temple and exited in the right temple.

Pinos said no suicide note was found in the staff house where Yap had stayed.

Aside from the Glock pistol, police also found fragments from a single bullet on the car park.

Pinos said police would ask Yap’s family to allow an autopsy and a paraffin test on Yap.

Pinos said Manto and Malubay were also subjected to paraffin tests while the gun would be subjected to a ballistic test.

According to Edward Villarta, NBI director for Central Visayas, said Yap paid a visit to the NBI office in Cebu City shortly after he arrived in Cebu on Nov. 16.

But he added NBI agents in Cebu didn’t know Yap personally because Yap belonged to another unit.

Villarta said based on initial findings of police, he believed that Yap didn’t kill himself but was a victim of accidental firing. With a report from Ador Mayol, Inquirer Visayas


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  • Loggnat

    ‘ Villarta said based on initial findings of police, he believed that Yap didn’t kill himself but was a victim of accidental firing. With a report from Ador Mayol, Inquirer Visayas’ /// He accidentally pointed his gun to his temple and pulled the trigger? Or he accidentally fired his pistol while it is pointing to his temple? Get real! guys!..

    ‘ Pinos said police would ask Yap’s family to allow an autopsy and a paraffin test on Yap.’ /// This is unbelievable! …. an NBI agent is dead with a gunshot in the temple and the law enforcement needs to ask the family of the victim if they can perform an autopsy and paraffin test on him? Did they have to asked the family if they can investigate the incident too? Any death should warrant an autopsy to determine the real cause of death unless the persons religion does not allow the procedure. Even then, if the circumstances are suspicious that the real cause of death could be criminal in nature, the autopsy is done regardless of his religious belief. The State has the responsibility to determine the Truth and his religion cannot interfere in the actions of the State in performing its responsibility.

    • Dennis Seda

      I agree with your first point. However, everyone knows that some people do like to tempt fate, so there’s still that very remote possibility.

      As for your second point, it is standard procedure for identification, and to get formal permission to do the tests. You know, just to make sure no lawsuits are filed…

      • Garo Ungaro

        this guy is drunk (2) bottle of brandy and asking for more possible accidental firing…and there’s a probable cause to investigate and run the autopsy…to determine exactly what happens…religious belief has nothing to do with the determination of the cause of death…legally..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    his death is questionable so why would the nbi ask for the dead agent’s familys’ go signal in conducting an autopsy of his cadaver?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    NAKAKATAKOT NA SA PILIPINAS DI KA SAFE KAHIT SA BAHAY MO DAPAT LAGI SARADO ANG PINTO NAG LIPANA ANG HOLDAPER AT MAMATAY TAO UNSAFE SA TURISTA AT MALILIIT NA NEGOSYO HUMINGI NA DAPAT NG TULONG ANG GOBYERNO SA IBANG BANSA PARA MASULUSYUNAN ANG MATAAS NA CRIMEN”’

  • http://twitter.com/minardski minardski

    another case of Pinoy Smoking Gun Presents…..



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