PNP: Escort cops, rape-slay suspect negative of powder burns

MANILA — The two police escorts and the rape-slay suspect who allegedly committed suicide last July 25 all turned out negative of powder burns in the paraffin test conducted by the PNP-Crime Laboratory.

This was announced late Thursday by Supt. Victor Drapet, head of the PNP crime lab chemistry division.

He said that police escorts SPO1 Grant Chaluyen and PO3 Felix Parafina both tested negative along with kidnapping and rape suspect, Hilario Herrera.

The two officers were escorting Herrera, the suspect who confessed to the July 19 kidnapping and rape-slay of an 8-year-old girl in Jaen, Nueva Ecija, to his detention cell after inquest proceedings at the Department of Justice (DOJ) when the latter allegedly grabbed hold of Parafina’s service weapon and shot himself in the head.

The suspect was declared dead on arrival at the PNP General Hospital.

Drapet said many factors could have resulted in the negative result in the paraffin test like wind direction, the direction of firing, and even the vintage, type and caliber of the weapon.

The PNP Internal Affairs service is still investigating if the two policemen can be held liable for Herrera’s apparent suicide while they were escorting him back to his detention cell at the AKG headquarters.

PNP AKG head Supt. Glenn Dumlao earlier defended the two policemen, saying that they followed standard operating procedure. with Kathryn Villamor (OJT)/PNA-northboundasia.com