Autopsy report: Ortega slay suspect dies from asphyxia

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AN autopsy conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation on the remains of Dennis Aranas, who reportedly committed suicide inside his cell at the Quezon District Jail in Lucena City, pointed to asphyxia by hanging as the cause of his death.

It was also reported that Aranas was distraught over his removal from the Witness Protection Program and hinted of killing himself.

In a report to Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Supt. Diony Mamaril, officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, said the autopsy conducted by the NBI Medico Legal Officer seems to affirm initial reports that Aranas died by hanging.

“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,” Mamaril said in his report.

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

“Tinitiyak ko sa pamil-ya ni Aranas at sa publiko na mananagot ang may sala oras na mapatunayang nagkaroon ng foul play sa pagkamatay ni Aranas. Uunahin natin ang pagsasagawa ng autopsy at kung bakit hindi nabigyan ng pagkakataon ang SOCO na siyasatin ang lugar kung saan siya natagpuang patay,” Roxas said.

“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…,” he said.

Aranas was found by fellow inmates hanging from the ceiling with a strap of shoulder bag around his neck Tuesday morning.

He was the alleged lookout in the murder of Ortega and was placed under the Department of Justice’s WPP but was removed from the program last year and was transferred to the Quezon District Jail after cases of murder and frustrated murder unrelated to the Ortgea case were filed against him in Gumaca, Quezon.


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