By Calvin Cordova
CEBU CITY—The boyfriend of the 19-year-old girl, who died of party drug overdose last January 19, was given until yesterday to turn himself in, or the police will be forced to take legal steps to force him to surface.
“If he still doesn’t show up today, we will be asking our PNP Chief to use his subpoena power to summon him,” said Sr. Supt. Royina Garma, chief of the Cebu City Police Office 9CCPO).
Garma issued the call to Nel Spencer Tiu, who was considered by the police as a person-of -interest in the death of his girlfriend Ashley Abad.
Abad collapsed while attending a concert at the Cebu Business Park last January 19. She died a day after in a hospital.
Garma said the girl’s body was subjected to a histopathology test, a procedure that is more extensive than autopsy.
“We already have the result and it was confirmed that she died of ecstasy overdose,” said Garma.
Garma said some of Tiu’s friends have showed up to give some information regarding the incident.
Chief Supt. Debold Sinas, chief of the Police Regional Office-Central Visayas (PRO 7), said the police are preparing to file homicide charges against Tiu.
Some of the friends and organizers of the concert may be charged too, said Sinas.
“According to the doctor who examined Ashley, there was a possibility that she could have been saved if she was rushed to the hospital right away. So we are studying if some of her companions and organizers could be charged for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide because they did not bring the victim to the hospital immediately,” Sinas said.
Sinas said that according to their monitoring, Tiu is still in Cebu but the police cannot do anything if he decides to leave.
“No charges have been filed so we cannot request to put him under immigration watchlist or an hold departure order be issued against him,” said Sinas.
Sinas said that aside from filing charges, the police are also focusing on finding out where the party drug came from.
“We want to know who is the source of the ecstasy,” said Sinas.
Garma also clarified the instruction of President Duterte to immediately arrest Tiu.
“When he told us ‘arrest immediately,’ he meant to focus more on the case so charges can be filed that will lead to Tiu’s immediate arrest.
He is a lawyer and former prosecutor so he knows the process. That’s just his style of talking,” Garma said.
Garma said Duterte called her up while Abad’s parents were with him at the Malacañang last February.
“The parents heard our conversation with the President,” Garma said.
Contrary to their previous stand, Abad’s parents are determined to file charges against the persons involved in their daughter’s death.
“They are very much interested in pursuing a case because before, when they said that they don’t want to file a case, they didn’t know that a crime was committed. After our investigation, it showed that someone induced an illegal drug on Ashley so they are willing to file charges now,” Garma said.