Bato dela Rosa explains why Bulacan massacre suspect tested negative for drugs

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  • PNP chief explained Bulacan massacre suspect’s negative drug result
  • He said suspect may have consumed low-quality or inadequate drugs
  • He also said police doing everything to catch the suspect’s other cohorts

MANILA, Philippines  –  PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa explained why Carmelino Ibañez, the construction worker tagged as the main suspect in the brutal killing of a family of five in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, tested negative for drugs.

According to Dela Rosa, Ibañez may have either consumed low-grade shabu or an inadequate amount.

“Posible na iyung drugs na ini-take niya is mahina ang quality o mababa ang quantity,” he told ABS-CBN.

[It’s possible that the drugs he took is of low quality or small quantity.]

Dela Rosa added that the test on Ibañez was done more than 48 hours after the murders, by which time his body could have already flushed out the drugs.

Nevertheless, the PNP chief said the suspect’s confession of his participation in the murders will be more than enough to sustain a conviction in court.

“Mas mabigat iyung sinabi niya talaga, iyung galing sa kanyang bibig na hindi siya under duress, inamin talaga niya,” he said.

[What he said carries more weight, those words which came out of his mouth while he was not under duress, he really confessed it.]

“Assurance ko sa inyo talaga, ginagawa namin ang lahat para mabigyan ng justice ang pamilya,” he added.

[It’s really my assurance to you, that we are doing everything to give justice to the family.]

Dela Rosa also revealed that President Rodrigo Duterte has been closely monitoring the case.

“Nagfa-follow-up siya ‘pag mga sensational crime… Hindi iyan nakakatulog dahil nanggigigil siya,” he said.

[He is following up whenever it’s a sensational crime. He cannot sleep because he is fuming.]