MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it plans to release this week the medico-legal examination results of a Grade 5 student who died days after his teacher beat him at school in Antipolo.
According to Hector Sorra, chief of the Medico-Legal Division of the PNP Forensic Group, the body of 14-year-old Francis Jay Gumikib has begun undergoing histopathology and autopsy, adding that they have already started reviewing the CT -scanning plates of the student.
Sorra explained that autopsy and histopathology typically take seven and 30 business days, respectively, but assured that his department is already expediting the process.
“We are doing our best to expedite it hopefully within a week, about 30 days,” the official told reporters at a news conference on Monday.
(We are doing our best to expedite the process and release it within a week. But it certainly won’t take 30 days.)
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Sorra said histopathology determines other underlying causes of a person’s death — a test used to support an autopsy report.
The official also revealed that they had discovered pulmonary tuberculosis in Gumikib’s lungs; however, he explained that the infection alone could not cause bleeding in the student’s head.
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Gumikib died eleven days after his teacher pulled his hair and punched him at Peñafrancia Primary School in Antipolo City on September 20.
Earlier, Antipolo Police Chief Lt. Col. Ryan Manongdo said a murder complaint, involving Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act, would be filed against the victim’s teacher if out the autopsy results would show that the assault caused his death.