BJMP offers P100,000 reward to know the real story of Aranas death

February 13, 2013 10:17 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 13 — The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in the Calabarzon region is offering a P100,000 reward to any inmate of the Quezon District Jail in Lucena City who can provide concrete information on the real cause of death of Dennis Aranas.

Aranas was the self confessed lookout in the murder of Palawan broadcaster Gerardo Ortega.

This, after BJMP learned that Justice Sec. Leila de Lima summoned of National Bureau of Investigation Director Nonnatus Ceasar Rojas and Dr. Alvin David, chief medico-legal, to explain why the report on the autopsy performed by Dr. Antonio Vertido, the Bureau’s medico-legal officer for the Calabarzon region, was made public without clearance.

The autopsy report, which gave the cause of death as “asphyxia by hanging,” was widely reported to have bolstered the claim of BJMP that Aranas, found dead in his cell Feb 5, had committed suicide allegedly because of depression.

Lawyer Persida Acosta, chief Public Attorney’s Office, immediately ruled out suicide upon learning that Aranas had been beaten up, held down and strangled by at least four persons.

A special investigation task group created by the Philippine National Police to look into the mysterious death of Aranas vowed to seek another autopsy, the third, in an effort to bring closure to the conflicting accounts of how the witness died.

Sr. Supt. Deonardo Carlos, Quezon police provincial director, said a “third forensic autopsy must be done to determine once and for all what really caused his death.” said after a meeting the task group.

The BJMP claimed Aranas had hinted about taking his life because of his discharge from the Witness Protection Program and an alleged affair by his live-in partner, which his family debunked, saying they were supposed to visit him on Feb 6, and a day after he was found dead with a bag strapped around his neck.(PNA)

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