MANILA - The widow of the slain aide of former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong has asked the assistance of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in investigating her husband's murder.
In a letter dated January 3 addressed to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Jeanette Santillan, wife of Chong's slain ex-aide Richard Santillan, asked the DOJ, through the NBI, to take custody and conduct a forensic examination of her husband's car, which the victim was driving on the night he was killed.
She also requested that the NBI take custody and examine Santillan’s clothes, his mobile phone and the dashboard camera on the vehicle.
Santillan and a female companion were killed on Dec. 10, 2018 after an alleged encounter with the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) in Cainta, Rizal.
The PNP had claimed the two tried to flee after the vehicle they were riding in was flagged down as it did not have a validation sticker. It led to an alleged car chase and shootout.
Police accused Santillan of being part of the “Highway Boys,” a group allegedly involved in robbery, illegal drugs and murder.
But Santillan’s wife insisted that her husband was first abducted, interrogated, and tortured before he was executed because he had gone missing 2 hours before the alleged shootout with police.
In her letter, the widow cited findings of the Public Attorney’s Office Forensic Laboratory Service, which claimed there were signs of torture on various parts of Santillan’s body.
“We have very strong reasons to believe that my husband was first forcibly taken out of the car, interrogated, tortured and executed before he was set up in the alleged encounter site,” she said.
The widow complained that the PNP has “persistently refused, despite repeated demands, to release vital reports, documents and evidence” with regard to her husband’s death.
Jeanette Santillan, accompanied by Chong, met with DOJ Undersecretary Adrian Sugay on Thursday to personally hand him the letter.
In December, she sought PAO's help in conducting a forensic examination on her husband’s body. She also sought support in asking the PNP to provide copies of spot reports and documents executed by police officers with regard to the incident and to release her husband's belongings.