The family of an out-of-school teen with mental illness who was found dead on September 4 in Barangay Poblacion, Taytay, has appealed to local authorities to speed up its investigation and identify those responsible for his death.
The victim, Mark Anthony, was last seen alive on September 3 getting malunggay leaves for cooking. He was found dead the next day by Angelica Matulac, a nurse at the Taytay rural health unit (RHU), inside the yard of her boarding house, his body lying on top of a broken bamboo fence.
An autopsy conducted on the victim’s body showed he had been beaten to death.
The family also appealed to residents of Sitio San Lorenzo, Poblacion, to help the police complete its investigation.
“Sixteen years old siya pero ‘yong pag-iisip niya is hindi angkop sa age niya. Bulol siya magsalita, hindi diretso magsalita since birth niya ganoon na siya. Hindi namin alam kung bakit siya papatayin, bakit naman ganoon ang ginawa sa pamangkin ko? Nananawagan kami sa local government officials na matulungan kami para mapabilis ang imbestigasyon ng pulis para hindi mangyari ang ginawa kay Boyboy sa iba,” April Avillar, the victim’s aunt, told Palawan News in a phone interview Saturday.
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April said that based on the autopsy conducted on Mark Anthony’s body, his death was caused by “head injuries secondary to physical trauma”.
“Alam na namin kung paano siya pinatay kasi may result ‘yong autopsy, pero ano ang dahilan bakit siya pinatay. Sobra ang ginawa nila sa pamangkin ko, punong-puno ng pasa at bugbog ang katawan niya. Nanawagan kami ng tulong sa lahat para mabigyan ng hustisya ang aking pamangkin,” she said.
April said the police has already asked possible witnesses in San Lorenzo, but has refused to disclose them pending the result of a full investigation.
“May mga tinanong na doon sa area ang mga pulis pero hindi pa nila kami binibigyan ng result kasi siguro hindi pa tapos ang investigation. Sana ay mahuli na kung sino man ang gumawa nito sa pamangkin ko. Hindi kami titigil hangga’t hindi nahuhuli ang suspect or suspects,” April said.
She urged anyone who knows anything about her nephew’s murder to immediately contact the Taytay police.