The Palawan police has taken a DNA sample from the father of one of the Japanese victims murdered in Culion last May 30, 2017 to match it with forensic specimen retrieved from the crime scene.
Hiroshi Arai, 56, father of victim Yoshihiru Arai, 24, underwent a “buccal swab test” on Tuesday at the Palawan Provincial Police Office Crime Laboratory.
Police Senior Inspector Thirz Starky Timbancaya said the saliva specimen acquired from Arai will be forwarded to PNP Camp Crame for DNA test to determine if it will match in the specimen they have gathered.
Police Superintendent Jeffrey Mendiola, Deputy for operations, said they are expecting the result of the DNA test in less than a month’s time.
Arai arrived in Puerto Princesa together with wife Yumiko and Japanese Consul Yuji Ikuta. Personal belongings of the victim were turned over to his parents at Provincial Capitol.
Arai’s parents have declined to be interviewed.
The victim’s family submit a letter to the Philippine government asking for the speedy resolution of the case, according toTimbancaya.
Meanwhile, the double murder case against the principal suspect Hiroyuki Nagahama will be transferred to the Coron RTC Branch 163, a court official said.
Atty. Lilibeth Laurente, Clerk of Court of RTC branch 52 said the transfer of the case was in compliance to a Supreme Court order transferring all pending criminal cases originating from Coron to RTC 163 under Judge Arnel Cezar.
Laurente said the Coron RTC will schedule the arraignment of the suspect.