Justice Secretary’s Body Guard Tortured and Killed in the Philippines

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. (

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