MANILA, Philippines – The wife of the slain farmer Randall “Randy” Echanis has positively identified and claimed her husband’s body, but she says the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) removed it from the cemetery where she had transferred it.
In a statement issued on Monday evening, Erlinda Echanis said: “I condemn the persistent harassment of PNP La Loma-QCPD and their courageous act in removing the remains of my husband Randall ‘Randy’ Echanis from us. This morning, I positively identified his lifeless body that bore torture marks, multiple stab wounds and gunshot wounds. “
“Tonight we have recovered his remains and transferred it to a funeral [parlor] after our choice. “Tonight, more than 1
Randy Echanis, a peace consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), was found dead, along with a neighbor of his, inside his rented home in Quezon City earlier on Monday.
INQUIRER.net tried to get in touch with QCPD director Brig. General Ronnie Montejo to confirm the allegations, but he has not responded since post time.
But earlier Montejo said the body discovered in a Novaliches apartment belonged to a certain Manuel Santiago, as they found identification cards with his name. Montejo noted that the landlord also said that the man had also introduced himself as Santiago.
The first reports showed that the man was found after a person in the apartment heard noises from the victim’s room.
Another dead body, which had a Sputnik Gang tattoo, was found in the room, which led the police to consider robbery or a personal grudge as the motive behind the crime.
“We consider all possible motives. This can be a robbery and robbers climb into the house. And then maybe when he woke up. We do not know what happened. Maybe he fought back and got stabbed. “Because based on what we know about similar incidents like this, victims were drawn who woke up and fought,” Montejo said in Filipino.
“Another angle we are looking at is a personal grudge – because one of the victims had the tattoo of the Sputnik gang. We know that these gangs have rivals or enemies. So that’s what we’re looking at now. “, He added.
This contradicts the claim of former Anakpawi’s rep. Ariel Casilao that the dead man was in fact Echanis and that he was killed in a raid by police.
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