Acosta rejects police finding on De Guzman’s DNA: Parents already identified his body

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Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta stood pat that 14-year-old Reynaldo “Kulot” De Guzman has been found.

With this, Acosta refuted the result of the DNA test conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) on the remains which was fished out from a river in Kinabayuhan in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija.

“Ang mga magulang ni Kulot ang mismo nag-identify sa cadaver at may nakita sila na palatandaan o balat,” said Acosta against the PNP’s findings which concluded the body is not De Guzman.

The PAO chief expressed doubt on the reliability of the DNA testing conducted by the PNP.

“Ang DNA reliable yan kapag ang specimen ay safe specimen,” she stressed.

“Kapag contaminated, hindi po tumatama ang findings,” Acosta explained .

The boy was last seen alive together with 19-year-old University of the Philippines (UP) student Carl Angelo Arnaiz on August 18.

After being reported missing, Arnaiz was found on August 28 in a morgue in Caloocan City as policemen claimed he was a taxi robber and died during a shootout as they claimed he was armed with a handgun.