Monday, May 14, 2012
MANILA — The security aide of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima whose body was found in San Ildefonso, Bulacan, may have been tortured before he was killed.
This is based on the National Bureau of Investigation’s autopsy results on the 32-year-old Alister Quintos’s body.
De Lima earlier said Quintos, a member of the Department of Justice’s Internal Service Operations Group, died of gunshot wounds while autopsy results also showed bite marks in his body, a broken left hand and wounds made by a knife.
His body was found in Bulacan on Friday morning. But prior to the incident, de Lima said Quintos was on his way home to Antipolo City when he was dropped off in Cubao, Quezon City on Thursday night.
“When an unconfirmed report came out, some of my security tried to call his numbers, both Smart and Globe. His Smart line was unattended while it was a police who picked up the other phone line,” de Lima said.
She said she never heard Quintos, whom she described as cheerful and polite, talking about death threats.
“We’re all shocked (about his death),” she said.
The NBI was expected to give de Lima an update on the autopsy reports before lunch today, Monday. (
The headless torsos of 43 men and six women were found early Sunday along a highway between the U.S. border and the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, the latest in an escalating series of horrific mass killings among warring drug gangs here.
The dead were discovered just after midnight by a military patrol, according to officials in Mexico’s Nuevo Leon state. Some were in plastic garbage bags, others were scattered about in the dust, as if dropped from the back of a dump truck. All were without heads and extremities, officials said.
Scrawled on a banner left with the 49 victims was a message from the Zetas drug gang asserting responsibility for the killings, said Jorge Domene, a spokesman for the state government. The message included threats to Mexican authorities and the Zetas’ main criminal rivals, the Gulf cartel and Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
It was signed by the Zetas’ alleged top leaders, Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales, known as “Z-40,” and Heriberto “El Lazca” Lazcano Lazcano, Domene said.
“This was an act of total barbarity,” Domene said by phone. “It’s part of the same thing we’ve been seeing all over the country.”
A newspaper office was attacked with small arms and hand grenades last Friday night in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas state, according to Mexican news and Twitter accounts.
According to a web posting Sunday morning by El Universal news daily, the offices of El Manana was attacked at around 2300 hrs Friday by armed suspects. The firing last five minutes.
No one was reported hurt in the attack and damage was limited to the walls of the building and nearby parked cars. The armed suspects committing the attack then left a blanket painted with a message, the contents of which were not disclosed in news accounts.
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