Friday, May 27, 2016

PPOC asks NBI, PNP Crime lab to assign medico-legal officer, train doctors in crime autopsy

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 26 (PIA)--For the lack of it in Bohol, the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) has asked government authorities to assign and station in Bohol a person authorized by law to conduct medico-legal services and autopsies.

Moreover, Governor Edgar Chatto, PPOC chairman also pushed the peace council to recommend to concerned national government agencies for the training of local doctors who can meet the requirements to be an autopsy doctor, in its clear absence here. 

After the PPOC Meeting last month, the governor asked the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), council secretariat to draft the communication asking the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory to assign their trained autopsy doctor to facilitate criminal investigations here. 

The need for a legally accredited medico-legal officer surfaced following the suspended investigations regarding the gruesome murder of a defenseless lady in a boarding house in the city last month. 

Responding police authorities found the brutally murdered woman in a boarding house, with hands tied and her wear partially pulled down. 

Observers assumed that the lady was raped prior to her murder, but, without an NBI or PNP Crime Lab certified autopsy officer, not much could be done. 

The Chief of the Bohol PNP Crime Laboratory, SPO2 Florentino Diola told the PPOC that NBI and PNP trained Crime Lab medico-legal officer is required to do the job, one which Bohol does not yet have. 

He added that there is one local doctor trained as medico legal officer in Bohol, Dr. Gregorio Salarda, who is currently assigned a Rural Health Officer in Danao town, but [he] is not under the PNP. 

On this, PPOC member Romeo Teruel also proposed the PPOC to ask NBI and the PNP to train local doctors on medical autopsies so they can also be put under PNP or NBI operational control in matters needing medico-legal investigations. 

Further on, the governor instructed the DILG to draft the appropriate communication to the Chief PNP and NBI National Director, attending to Bohol need. (rac/PIA7/BOhol)

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