By V.L. Orquiola
ILOILO CITY, Apr. 29 (PNA)- The slain assistant branch manager of the Rural Bank of Ibajay (RBI) was found negative of gunpowder burns based on the result of paraffin test conducted on the victim, according to C/Supt. Georvy Manuel, chief of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) in Aklan.
With the development, SOCO believed its impossible for the victim to shoot himself and ruled out that a foul play was behind the incident.
Manuel said that in a post-mortem and autopsy examinations on the cadaver, the victim sustained a fatal gunshot wound on the left chest and a stab wound on his shoulder that caused his instantaneous death apart from burns in both thighs when pinned down by fallen debris from ceilings of the burning structure.
To recall, the 68-year-old victim Gabriel Manican of Brgy. Capilihan, Ibajay, Aklan was found dead by the towns police and firefighters who responded to the fire incident that transpired inside the bank early Friday morning of April 25.
Police also manifested signs of intimidation as evidenced of ten live ammunitions and two spent shells of .45 caliber pistol scattered inside the bank arising from the usual drawing of firearm to scare the victim as well as sign of commotion owing to the messy scenario inside the bank. Bloodstains were also found in the wall.
Reports have it that the victim has the habit of going to his work place early in the morning as part of a routine check of the bank premises as the detailed security guard renders duty during day time only. In some instances, the victim had to pass the night inside the bank for some important matters to do.
Earlier, the Ibajay PNP discovered that the banks vault was already opened prompting them to rule out that robbery indeed transpired before the bank was set ablaze.
A non-stop investigation has been conducted by the Ibajay Municipal Police Station headed by S/Insp. Ariel Nacar in an effort to unmask identities of perpetrators.
Reports reaching here have it that the towns PNP has turned over more than a million cash to RBI general manager Mrs. Lou Ann Miraflores-Elias with big sum of cash was reported missing from the vault.
But efforts to reach S/Insp. Nacar via long lines to confirm said information rendered futile.
Though the towns PNP remain clueless as of presstime, investigators worked round the clock probing into the case in coordination with other concerned law enforcement units in the province to resolve the case.
The SOCO, for its part, has already gathered almost 26 pieces of evidence in its ongoing investigation and secured the hard drive of the banks CCTV camera to retrieve the video footage through the help of an IT expert that could lead to the identification of suspects.
Likewise, SOCO investigators are closely coordinating with the Bureau of Fire Protection-Ibajay headed by SFO2 Ricardo Igtanloc to determine the cause of the fire.(PNA)