By: Elena Grace Flores
Atty. Glenn Chong, the clean election advocate who discloses the 2016 election anomalies that led to the Vice Presidential defeat of Bongbong Marcos is mourning over the torture and death of his long-time aide, Richard Santillan. PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde swears to punish the police scalawags responsible for the crime. He is watching the investigation closely. z
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PAO’s Autopsy Report
Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta said that an autopsy by the agency finds that Richard Santillan III, the aide of Atty. Chong was tortured before he was killed. According to police, Santillan and his female companion were killed in an operation in Barangay San Andres, Cainta, Rizal on December 11. Therefore, it suggests that the dead body of Santillan was dragged into the road to make it look like a shootout.
Speaking from the Grave
The police reportedly intercept Chong’s vehicle driven by Santillan. But the aide allegedly steps on the gas instead of pulling over. This they said is the reason for the brief exchange of gunfire. However, there is ample physical evidence that the incident was definitely not what the men in uniform said it was. Acosta describes the scenario as the dead speaking from the grave.
Santillan was Chong’s driver and bodyguard that he treats like a brother for the last eleven years. The lawyer is a former Biliran representative who is now running for Senator. The aide stays at the election fraud whistleblower as he exposes the Comelec and Smartmatic’s fraudulent acts. He was also active in endorsing Chong for the national position in his own capacity. The widow of Santillan attests that her husband can’t possibly do any crime that the police insinuates because he was always with Chong.
Dr. Erwin Erfe, PAO’s forensic laboratory director said that their examination shows that Santillan was shot even though he was already dead. PAO Chief Acosta added that Santillan’s family is seeking justice because of the alleged torture. The Public Attorney’s Office is mandated to render free legal representation, representation, assistance, and counseling to indigent persons in criminal, civil, labor, administrative and other quasi-judicial cases. Acosta clarifies that since Santillan’s surviving wife is earning only a minimum wage, the family is considered an indigent.
Albayalde to Help Election Lawyer
“I have no enemies except for Comelec and Smartmatic, Chong said. This is the only angle I can see for this incident. They want to scare me by hurting the people close to me,” he added. The lawyer’s testimonies in congressional inquiries on alleged poll fraud in the 2016 elections are really vital in Marcos’ election protest against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo. Meanwhile, the PAO chief asks for records of the police operation that resulted in the death of Santillan directly from Director General Oscar Albayalde. He responds with a promise of justice should his men be found guilty of Chong’s accusations.