THE chairman of the Board of Customs Brokers of the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) was found dead with his body already decomposing inside his condominium unit in Manila on Thursday evening.
Arnold Ditan, 41, single, a resident of Unit 9G, 9th Floor Tower C, Suntrust Adriatico Garden, located along Adriatico Street, Malate, Manila, was seen lying dead near the door on his back about 7 p.m. He was wearing black short pants with a blue towel on top of his chest.
Senior Insp. Rommel Anicete of Manila Police District Homicide Section said the victim’s body was bloated and it was believed that he was already dead for at least three days.
He added that investigators are still determining the cause of death since there was no injury found in the victim’s body and there was nothing missing in his condominium unit.
Investigators had noticed a black liquid coming from the back of his body.
“We will know the cause of death after autopsy,” Anicete said.
Ditan’s cadaver was brought to Ivy Funeral Homes.
Anicete said a review of the closed-circuit television footage showed that no one came out from the unit of the victim since October 27 up to Thursday evening when his unit was opened using a duplicate key.
Condominium unit neighbors of Ditan said at 2 p.m. on Thursday they reported to the security office that a foul odor was coming from Unit G9.
Property administrator Eric Dacumos immediately contacted relatives of the victim who are residents of Palajanan 2, San Juan in Batangas province.
A friend of the victim, Rafael Fajardo, a board member of PRC Board of Customs Brokers, went to the tower last October 28 but he was not able to see Ditan.