December 18, 2018
Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta said that an autopsy by the agency suggests that Richard Santillan III, aide of lawyer Glenn Chong, was tortured before he was killed.
According to police, Santillan and his female companion were killed in an operation in Barangay San Andres, Cainta, Rizal on December 11.
Police reportedly flagged down the vehicle but Santillan stepped on the gas instead of pulling over. A brief exchange of gunfire ensued.
Santillan is the aide of Chong, a former Biliran representative now running for senator.
Dr. Erwin Erfe, PAO’s forensic laboratory director, said in a press conference that their examination showed that Santillan was shot even though he was already dead.
PAO Chief Acosta meanwhile said that Santillan’s family is seeking justice because of the alleged torture.
The Public Attorney’s Office is mandated to render free legal representation, representation, assistance and counselling to indigent persons in criminal, civil, labor, administrative and other quasi-judicial cases. It is unclear whether Santillan, a lwayer’s aide, is considered an indigent.
Acosta said that they will file case “because of the findings of the forensic team that there are signs of torture, contusions, blunt injuries, mauling on the stomach, hematoma and then puncture wounds using a knife or a bladed weapon.”