Agent a victim of accidental firing, says boss



RATHER than suicide, an agent of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) found dead inside a staffhouse at the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) last week may have accidentally shot himself in the head.

“Medyo na-outbalance siya (Yap) ‘dun sa steps eh, while naglilinis siya ng baril (He slipped while he was cleaning his firearm),” said NBI-7 Regional Director Edward Villartan.

But any questions about the cause of his death would have to be answered by the official report done by the Scene of Crime Operations (SOCO), Villartan said.

He said his office is also waiting for the results of the paraffin tests of the two guards whom Yap made contact with minutes before his death.

Based on initial findings at the hospital, the bullet hit Yap’s left temple and then exited to the right temple.

Yap was found dead with a bullet wound in his temple at the MCIA staffhouse in barangay Buaya, Lapu-Lapu City last Nov. 22.

Initial investigation by the Lapu-Lapu City police showed that the victim texted maintenance worker Richard Manto to invite him for a drinking session at the staffhouse.

While Yap sent Manto to buy more liquor and bread, Yap approached security guard Romeo Malubay and asked if he could fire his gun.

When the guard refused, Yap went back to the staff house and a shot rang out a few minutes later.

The security guard said he went to check where the shot rang out and found Yap lying on the ground with a gunshot wound in his temple.

The Glock .40 pistol was found 30 feet away from Yap along with one empty shell and one fragmented slug, Malubay said. The guard claimed that he only heard one gunshot.

Yap was rushed to the Mactan Doctors Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Villartan earlier said he didn’t believe that Yap took his own life.

Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, Lapu-Lapu City police chief, said initial findings pointed to accidental discharge of firearm as the cause of Yap’s death.

The results of the paraffin and autopsy tests are expected to be released today, Villaratan said. Yap’s remains are at the St. Peter’s Chapel in Cebu City. Correspondent Joy Cherry S. Quito

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  • RockA

    So….is the “agent” left-handed?

  • Jack

    the safety procedure is to check first your gun if there is any bullet inside the chamber before you clean your gun and usually, you would be sitting on a chair while cleaning your gun on a table. 


  • jeffrey_01

    Slip while cleaning is firearm?  What a stupid investigation by an NBI director.  When cleaning most of the time you remove the magazine, disassemble it and clean the parts.  He’s not cleaning, either he committed suicide or its a murder. 

    Don’t report any BS or may get an independent forensic.  Can’t trust the NBI or SOCO in that case.  Shot by the temple exited to the right.  NBI and Police don’t want to go further in the investigation.  Don’t want to check the psychological behaviour of the victim prior to his death.  Investigate if any incident or altercation between him the people at his place of work.

    These police and NBI cheated their exams.

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