NBI autopsy shows suspect in Ortega slay died of ‘asphyxia by hanging’–Roxas

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Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas said Friday that an autopsy conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on the remains of a suspect to the killing of Palawan environmentalist and journalist Gerry Ortega showed the cause of his death to be “asphyxia by hanging”.

Despite the results, however, Roxas still ordered an investigation for possible foul play.

The report submitted to Roxas noted that Dennis Aranas had expressed intention of killing himself after being distraught over his removal from the Witness Protection Program.

Aranas, 37 was found by fellow inmates hanging from the ceiling with a shoulder bag strap around his neck around 10 a.m. inside their cell at the Quezon District Jail in Lucena City. Aranas had been in jail since June 29, 2012 for murder and frustrated murder.

Roxas ordered a thorough investigation into the death of Aranas, who was considered a vital witness in the killing of Ortega in Puerto Princesa City in January 2011. The family of Ortega raised suspicions that Aranas could have been murdered in jail.

“Please be informed that according to the autopsy report conducted by Antonio Vertido, Medico Legal Officer, NBI, the cause of death of inmate Dennis Aranas is asphyxia by hanging,” Chief Superintendent Diony Mamaril, officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, said in his report.

Roxas, however, assured Aranas’ family that the investigation would continue.

Part of the investigation, Roxas said, would look into why the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) was not given the chance to examine the area where Aranas was found dead.

“Kung may foul play at cover-up sangkot ang sinumang tauhan ng BJMP, agad kong ipag-uutos ang pagsasampa ng kaukulang kaso laban sa mga ito at ang pagtatanggal sa kanila sa tungkulin. Hindi natin palalampasin ang anumang kalokohan, dahil hindi ito tugma sa Matuwid na Daan,” he said.

Mamaril said the warden of Quezon District Jail and the BJMP have been directed to explain the significant delay in the submission of reports and other concerns in the handling of the case, adding that CIDG-Quezon, along with NBI, will continue with the investigation.

In a separate report submitted by the Quezon District Jail, investigator Senior Jail Officer 3 Richard Benedictor said Aranas hinted of killing himself a day before his death allegedly due to frustrations over his removal from the WPP which deprived his family of financial support from the government.

Manuel Luis Ilao, an inmate, alleged that Aranas told him around 3 p.m. Monday that he “can’t be detained any longer because the financial support of the DOJ given to him for being under the witness protection program was stopped and his family was suffering from hunger.”

“He also told of his problem regarding his live-in partner who was reportedly frequently seen with another man. He saw Dennis crying while narrating his problem,” Benedictor said.

The report said Aranas even pawned his electric fan for P300 to one Rolando Desembrana, but the money was lost.

“Out of frustration, Dennis [Aranas] said, ‘P**inang buhay ito napakamalas talaga. Mabuti pang magpakamatay na,’” Benedictor said in his report.

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  • doncleo

    maniwala akong suicide yan..maaring nabayaran ang bantay para sya patayin..bakit kasi hindi inilipat dito sa Maynila yang importanteng suspect na yan,.

  • AllinLawisFair

    Dennis Aranas was a vital witness, being the lookout as the murder of environmentalist and journalist Gerry Ortega was being executed. 

    His testimony could lead to the conviction of those being charged with the murder.

    We wonder why the Department of Justice removed such an important witness from its protection program.

  • EdgarEdgar

    Instead of stating the obvious, Mar Roxas the frustrated VP should focus on finding out why the victim was removed from witness protection program considering that Ortega’s murder is a high profile case. With Mar Roxas’ hands-off work style, he probably will never find out why. Mar Roxas should just quit DILG altogether and devote the remainder of his life with his head buried in between the legs of Korina. Who knows, he might even get Korina pregnant miraculously at such age.

    • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

      Loco ka,will his head be enough to impregnate Korina?

      • EdgarEdgar

        The other head, too. Lol!

  • WeAry_Bat

    while the hands were held?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    tama nasakal nga tingnan nyo baka naman nakatali ang kamay…..ang balita may mga pasa sa kamay eh bakit magkakapasa ang kamay kung leeg ang isasabit, siyempre nakatali yung tao. madali rin kumuha ng witness, eh di yung pumatay iyon ang pinaka magandang mag witness…..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    well ganito ba ang justice system sa atin, mananalangin na lang ang mga biktima na magkasakit o ma aksidente na lang ang mga kriminal….sanay ma high blood sa dami ng nilalamon, atakihin sa puso sa ibabaw ng babae…..tamaan ng kidlat…..bangungutin….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

    walang kwenta talaga ang justice system sa bansa natin.bihira mo ang high profile na kaso ang witness pinatay lang at wala sya sa WPP ng DOJ.sabagay may judgement din ang lahat sa panginoon

  • boybakal

    NBI autopsy shows suspect in Ortega slay died of ‘asphyxia by hanging’–Roxas…

    Thanks Doc…

  • virgo57

    Kahit kelan pinaka lousy talaga ang justice system ng P’nas. Baka magugulat na lang ang sambayanan dahil malaya na mga Ampatuans.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    ” Aranas, 37 was found by fellow inmates hanging from the ceiling with a shoulder bag strap around his neck around 10 a.m ”
    Ang sarap-sarap namang magsitulog ng mga kriminal. Isipin mong alas diyes na ng umaga kung sila ay magising. Malalambot na kutson at malamig siguro ang kanilang selda kaya mahimbing silang lahat matulog…

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    Kung may balak to magpakamatay malamang sinabi rin niya to sa kanyang asawa.bakit may bag pa siya sa ulo or leeg.Malamang binigti muna yan saka isinabit.Yang statement ng mga kriminal na yan hindi pwedeng pagkatiwalaan.Madaling mapaniwala ata tong si Mr.Palengke.
    Bakit 10:00AM lang nung makita yan.May nag patira jan kuchaba Jailguard at Jailbirds.
    Mr. Palengke may galos daw arm nung namatay sabi ng wife nito.Ginas gas kaya muna nito then nag bigti,wala naman atang ganun huh?

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    Ginawan ng paraan yan para mapa alis sa WPP,at mapadpad sa Jail para doon he will remain silent forever.Dapat ma imbestigahan kung sino ang gumawa ng remedyo Militar para mapa alis siya sa WPP.

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