(UPDATE) Blood sample from rape victim
in Bulacan massacre matches main suspect–police

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CAMP GEN. ALEJO SANTOS, Malolos — The blood sample taken from one of the victims in the Bulacan massacre matched that of the main suspect in the case, according to police.

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In a press conference on Friday, Sr. Supt Romeo Caramat Jr., acting provincial director, said the sample taken matched the DNA of Carmelino Ibanes, the first suspect arrested by police, 33 hours after the crime was committed against the wife, three children and mother-in-law of Dexter Carlos Sr., a security guard, in their home in San Jose del Monte City on June 27.

In an interview with The Manila Times early Friday, Supt. Fitz Macariola, San Jose del Monte city police chief, said ”only Ibanes tested positive while the other persons of interest were negative”.

The blood sample was taken from Estrella, Carlos’ wife who, along with her mother, was raped by Ibanes after killing them based on his own testimony last June 29 when he was first presented to media.

Macariola said the sample was taken from the vagina of Estrella.

With this development, together with other evidence found at the crime scene, including the knife that was used to kill the victims, and a witness who saw Ibanes “bloodied” as he ran out of the Carlos’ house, the case against Ibanes has gotten a boost, even after he tried to recant on his testimony by claiming that police had tortured him into admitting to the crime.

READ: Suspect in Bulacan massacre recants, claims police torture

It also affirmed the innocence of Carlos whom police had wanted to invite for questioning after “circumstancial evidence” indicated his possible involvement.

Persida Acosta, head of the Public Attoryney’s Office (PAO) representing Carlos, also said that police had no clear evidence that would link her client to the murders.

READ: Dexter Carlos not a massacre suspect — Acosta

Before this, three “persons of interest” in the case were killed allegedly by vigilantes while a fourth remained at large.

READ: (UPDATE) Third ‘person of interest’ in Bulacan massacre found dead
READ: 2nd Bulacan massacre ‘person of interest’ slain
READ: Bulacan massacre suspect found dead

 

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