Close  

PAO doc no longer needed in kian slay case

/ 06:10 AM July 13, 2018

Kian Loyd delos Santos

Prosecution and defense lawyers in the Kian Loyd delos Santos murder case agreed on Thursday to remove Dr. Erwin Erfe of the Public Attorney’s Office from the list of witnesses.

The decision was reached just before Erfe took the witness stand to resume his testimony at the Caloocan City Regional Trial Court Branch 125.

ADVERTISEMENT

Erfe was one of the doctors who autopsied the body of 17-year-old Delos Santos who was killed by policemen in August 2017. His death sparked nationwide outrage over the government’s bloody war on drugs.

During the hearing, the prosecution panel led by Abet Villardon informed the court of their decision. Defense lawyer Oliver Yuan did not object and asked the court to strike out Erfe’s previous testimony.

FEATURED STORIES

Villardon explained that in murder cases, only one doctor was needed to testify on the fact of death and cause of death.

He said that they already presented Dr. Jocelyn Cruz, the medico legal officer of the Northern Police District, in court on July 9. She testified that Delos Santos was killed and his cause of death was gunshot wounds.

Villardon and Yuan told the Inquirer that Erfe’s removal as a witness would not affect the case.

In fact, for Yuan, it was “a good move” on the part of the prosecution.

“The prosecution was supposed to present Erfe as an expert witness here. But for me, he is not an expert witness. He does not have any qualification to be considered an expert witness,” Yuan said.

He added that by removing Erfe, the possibility that the prosecution witnesses would contradict each other was prevented.

It could be recalled that the findings of Erfe and PNP Crime Laboratory doctors, including Cruz, contradicted each other during a Senate investigation in August 2017.

ADVERTISEMENT

Cruz said that Delos Santos had two gunshot wounds in the head while Erfe said there were three.

Erfe also said Delos Santos was shot at close range but PNP findings showed otherwise.

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Dr. Erwin Erfe, Extrajudicial killing, Illegal drugs, Kian Loyd delos Santos
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.