RELATIVES of the 10 inmates, two of them Chinese nationals, who were killed in the grenade explosion inside the office of the jail warden Thursday night, expressed belief that the victims were liquidated.
“Planado na patayin sila,” Susana Ilas, wife of the Jonathan Ilas, said, expressing disbelief that the UZI and grenade did not come from the inmates.
Cindy, a cousin of one of the victims, claimed that days prior to the incident, her cousin has been pleading to her for help for fear of his life.
Cindy said she was worried for his cousin but she failed to immediately respond to his pleas since she herself does not know what to do.
“Hindi ko siya nadalaw o napuntahan agad kasi hindi ko rin alam ang gagawin ko,” Cindy told reporters.
The suspicion of liquidation was strengthened when the relatives of the victims got a note from the inmates in the jail that their lives are in danger.
The inmates, in their note, said that prisoners who were detained on drug charges would be killed.
Meanwhile, a ranking official of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) expressed belief that the UZI firearm and grenade do not belong to any of the inmates killed in the incident.
The official, who requested not to be identified, said it would be very hard to smuggle in anything in the jail due to the very strict security measures being implemented in all jails under BJMP.
Senior Supt. Jose Carumba, Parañaque City police chief, said probers are looking into all angles as he disclosed that a thorough investigation is being conducted by police in coordination with the BJMP.
Carumba said autopsy on the bodies of the victims have been conducted while the UZI and the two grenade safety pins recovered will be subjected to examination.
He added jail warden Gerald Bantag will also be subjected to paraffin and ballistic tests.
“Dito ma-trace kung sa granada o bala ng UZI ang ikinamatay ng sampung preso dahil sa may mga narekober na 14 na basyo ng UZI sa pinangyarihan ng insidente. Kahit nagkalasug-lasog na ang mga katawan nito ay makikita din kung ano ang tumama sa mga ito,” Carumba said.