Police waiting for DNA test result on Bogo killing

PERSONNEL of Bogo City Police Station are just waiting for the result of DNA test on the bloodied pillow that was taken from the persons of interest in the killing of Jaenelle Maekylla Royos in Bogo City, northern Cebu.

Lieutenant Colonel Florendo Fajardo, chief of Bogo City Police Station, said they would file a case against the suspects if the result of the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) test matches with the swab sample taken from the victim.

The DNA test result is expected to come out in 45 days, while the result of an autopsy on the body of the victim that was conducted by the Scene the Crime Operatives (Soco) will be released after 10 days.

“We made sure nga kato lang gyud ang usa ka challenge nga dili pa nato mahibal-an ang DNA, unya ang sa Soco pud wala pa sad, 10 days man toy giingon. Amo lang gyud to gi follow-up permi from time to time. Amo lang gyud ni i-substantiate gyud pag-ayo kay unang una sige nasad og follow up ang pamilya sa biktima,” said Fajardo.

(We made sure that this is the only challenge, which is we don’t know the DNA test result and the autopsy result of Soco. We make a follow-up on this from time to time. This is the only way to substantiate allegations against the suspects because first, the family of the victim is always making a follow-up also.)

Royos’ naked body was found in the bushes in Purok Magenta, Barangay Gairan in the same city around 3 p.m. Sunday, November 13, 2022.

The 15-year-old female student of the Northern Cebu Colleges Incorporated in Bogo City was reported missing by her family on Saturday after she failed to come home from a birthday party in the neighboring town of Medellin.

Royos had stab wounds in her legs and arms, as well as in both sides of her neck, suggesting that she tried to resist her attackers.

Fajardo believes the crime was committed by more than two persons as shown on the CCTV footage.

He refused, however, to give further comments pending an ongoing investigation.

He added the victim might have been brought to a room of the suspects where the crime was committed and later dumped in bushes in Purok Magenta.

A trisikad driver who heard the victim calling her mother while asking for help on Saturday dawn will be summoned by the police to get information from the driver that will help strengthen the case against the suspects.

"Our investigator interviewed him just this morning and he was able to recall that he heard the victim asking for help from his mother Mabel. That's why I told the investigator to take him to the place where he exactly heard the pleading of the girl," said Fajardo.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Central Visayas also assisted the Bogo police in the investigation.

The bureau took another CCTV footage in the area that clearly shows the persons believed to be responsible for the crime.

Fajardo had earlier summoned two persons of interest (POIs) -- a man and a woman who may have knowledge of Royos’ death.

The police have obtained a pillow with blood on it from one of the suspects.

The pillow was submitted to the Regional Forensic Unit 7 of the Philippine National Police for a DNA examination.

The second person of interest turned out to be making alibis when asked where she was when Royos went missing. (AYB, TPT)