By Czarina Nicole Ong
A Philippine National Police (PNP) official has been charged with falsification and obstruction before the Sandiganbayan Second Division for delaying an investigation by issuing a false autopsy report.
P/SSupt. Nestor Aparecio Sator, Regional Chief, Medico-Legal Officer of the PNP Regional Crime Laboratory Office 7 was slapped with violation of Article 174(1) of the Revised Penal Code, also known as the Falsification of a Medical Certificate by a Physician and Section 1(f), Presidential Decree No. 1820 or the Penalizing Obstruction of Apprehension and Prosecution of Criminal Offenders.
In the charge sheet filed by Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer III Katherine Legarda-Pajaron, Sator was accused of taking advantage of his position when he feloniously prepared and issued a public document – the autopsy report of Mario Alfie Ducayag dated April 13, 2013.
He wrote that Ducayag died due to illness – asphyxia due to bleeding pulmonary tuberculosis – but in truth, the real cause of death of Ducayag was “traumatic neck injury.”
His bail bond has been set at P18,000 – P6,000 for falsification and P12,000 for obstruction.
Private individual Fe Ducayag of Tuyan, Naga, Cebu, will serve as witness to the case, together with Dr. Gil Macato, Regional Medico-Legal Officer, Central Visayas Regional Office of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Dr. Rene Cam of NBI Cebu City.