MANILA — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday said it found MDMA methylene homolog, or “ecstasy”, and methylene dioxin cathinones, or “bath salts”, in the body of one of the fatalities in the rave party in Pasay City last May 21.
In a press conference, NBI Forensic Investigation Chief of Staff Rommel Papa said the NBI forensic department had tested several specimens taken from the cadavers of the two victims.
“We tested blood from the brain, kidney, stomach and found in the deceased body the presence of MDMA methylene homolog and methylene dioxin cathinones,” he said.
However, Papa did not disclose who the victim was as requested by the family.
“We were permitted to give the results of the toxicology test but we will not announce the name or the gender of the victim. Only one gave us permission,” he said.
The NBI suspected that the illegal drugs the victims took were the pink tablets and the green amore.
Both drugs were seized from one of the suspects who allegedly sold illegal drugs during the “Close-up Forever Summer Concert”, Joshua Habalo.
Papa earlier said that the methylene dioxin cathinones, and MDMA methylene homolog are classified as stimulants.
In other literature, he said, they could also be classified as hallucinogens.
As to the effect on the brain, Papa said, these are called mind-altering drugs that affect the way people think, feel and behave.
Symptoms of use include increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, muscle spasms, and elevated mood.
Papa added that the “bath salts” have never been used or tested on humans as is not fit for human consumption.
“It is a laboratory chemical and it is not fit for human consumption or veterinary use, which makes it more dangerous. This substance has never been studied on human subjects,” he said.
The NBI has already submitted the results of the toxicology test to the the NBI-Anti-Illegal Drugs Group Division and the NBI-Death Investigation Division to help in the investigation of the case.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) who did the toxicology test in the two other victims is yet to disclose the result.
Papa said that the NBI forensics division will compare toxicology results of the victims with the PNP once it is done. Perfecto Raymundo/PNA/northboundasia.com