The construction worker who admitted to have butchered a family of five in Bulacan tested negative for illegal drugs.
Police Supt. Fitz Macariola, San Jose Del Monte City chief of police, revealed the result of the drug test conducted on Carmelino Ibañes who claimed to have had a shabu session with two others he identified only as “Inggo” and “Thony” before he committed the gruesome crime.
“We will pursue the case even if the [drug test]result is negative which will not be the only basis to acquit him. One of the reasons we’re looking into why he tested negative is because of the time frame. We’re not sure too, how accurate the urine test is,” Macariola said.
Ibañes admitted he used shabu on the night of June 26 before he murdered the Carlos family. He was subjected to a drug test on June 30, or four days after.
Meanwhile, Macariola said “Inggo” and “Thony” who were earlier invited as “persons of interest” in the case are now considered suspects after Ibañes implicated them in his extra-judicial statement.
Dexter Carlos, a security guard, discovered the bodies of his family members when he arrived home at about 8:45 a.m. last Tuesday.
The victims – Auring Dizon, her daughter Estrella Carlos and her minor grandchildren Donny, Ella and Dexter Jr. – all bore multiple stab wounds and were drenched in blood when found by Dexter.