THE Public Attorney’s Office yesterday said that the slain aide of a former lawmaker who was killed in an alleged shootout with police last December 10 was tortured before his death.
The PAO issued the statement after it conducted a re-autopsy on Richard Santillan’s remains.
Santillan was a long-time security aide of former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong.
Dr. Erwin Erfe, head of the PAO Forensic Laboratory, said initial re-autopsy results showed that Santillan sustained more than 60 wounds in different parts of his body.
An examination showed that Santillan had 17 bullet entry wounds and three undetermined wounds and 12 exit wounds.
Erfe said the bullet wounds were found in the victim’s head, neck, chest, arms and legs. The bullet trajectory was downward.
The PAO forensic expert said Santillan also sustained seven incisions and lacerated wounds near the buttocks. There were also contusions, multiple abrasions and five fractures on Santillan’s arms and legs.
“Mukhang tinorture po si Richard bago siya pinatay. So, dalawang episode po yun: One is sa tingin po namin, noong buhay pa s’ya ay sinasaksak s’ya, multiple puncture wounds, at binugbog si Richard at may mga tama rin po sa kanyang ulo,” Erfe told reporters.
“Consistent po iyon na inilagay s’ya sa kotse at doon binaril, pero at that time, mukhang patay na s’ya because there was no more tissue reaction,” Erfe said referring to some of the wounds sustained by Santillan.
Police earlier claimed Santillan was killed, along with a female companion, in an alleged shootout in Cainta, Rizal on December 10.
Santillan was suspected of being part of the “Highway Boys,” a group allegedly involved in robbery, illegal drugs and murder.
Authorities said Chong’s aide was in a car during the supposed shootout.
Chong, a lawyer running for senator, is seeking justice for his slain aide.
According to Chong, Santillan had been his security aide for 11 years. He said the ill-fated Toyota Fortuner was registered under his name.
Chong said Santillan borrowed his car for a gift-giving activity for indigent children in Cainta.
Chong, who had testified in Congress about the alleged poll fraud in the 2016 elections, said he believes the attack on his bodyguard was meant to silence him.