EIGHT of the 15 fatalities during the Ozamiz City bloodbath last July 30 tested positive for gunpowder residue, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Thursday.
Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos, PNP spokesman, said the eight bodies autopsied by the PNP Crime Laboratory in Northern Mindanao included Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., who sustained gunshot wounds on his face and chest.
“Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and [seven]others also tested positive for paraffin test or gunpowder nitrates. This is according to the guide provided by the crime laboratory,” Carlos told reporters, adding that the two females killed, the mayor’s wife Susan and his sister Mona, were not subjected to the paraffin test.
He added that Mona and Susan’s bodies sustained blast wounds while the mayor and Octavio Jr. had gunshot wounds.
The remaining seven, however, did not undergo the autopsy procedure as it was waived by their respective families, according to Carlos, was not provided the list coming from the regional crime laboratory.
“[The paraffin test] will help determine whether firearms were used or a firearm was nearby the body and again, it will not be conclusive but it helps in the investigation,” Carlos said. DEMPSEY REYES