PNP: Body found in Nueva Ecija creek not Reynaldo de Guzman

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Updated with quotes from the Philippine National Police, Public Attorney's Office

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) — The body found with 31 stab wounds in a creek in Nueva Ecija was not that of 14-year-old Reynaldo de Guzman, police said on Monday.

The Philippine National Police said the DNA profile of the corpse did not match the DNA taken from de Guzman's parents.

"Based on the results obtained, the source of the DNA profile obtained from the male cadaver cannot be the biological offspring of Eduardo Gabriel and Lina de Guzman. Hindi siya si Reynaldo de Guzman. Hindi siya' yung anak nilang mag-asawa," PNP Deputy Director General for Operations Fernando Mendez Jr. said in a news briefing.

The corpse was found floating in a creek in Gapan, Nueva Ecija on September 6, more than two weeks after he was last seen in Cainta, Rizal. The body had 31 stab wounds, bore signs of torture, its face wrapped in packaging tape and feet bound in a sack. The male was believed to be the missing companion of another slain teen, Carl Angelo Arnaiz.

De Guzman's parents identified the corpse as their missing son and they were sure about it.

"Sigurado nga. Kasi may palatandaan ako sa kanya eh. May peklat dito sa leeg, tapos may kulugo dito. Malaki kulugo niyan dito eh. Kaya na-confirm ko na ano. Nung nakarating na kami dito, siya nga talaga. Na-confirm ko," de Guzman's father said on September 6.

The police ran mandatory DNA tests on the cadaver and compared its profile with DNA samples from the blood and mouths of de Guzman's parents.

The result showed it did not match with either the father's or the mother's. As far as the police are concerned, they are taking the test results over the parents' word as DNA test results are scientific and "99.9 percent" accurate, said Mendez.

The Public Attorney's Office disputed the police's findings.

"Ang DNA, reliable iyan kung 'yung specimen ay same specimen. Kapag nagkaroon po ng mishandling of specimen, puwedeng hindi po matama ang mga findings," said Public Attorney's Office Chief Persida Acosta.

It's back to square one for the police, who now have two problems to solve: Where is Reynaldo de Guzman? Whose body did they find in that ditch in a province over 100 kilometers away from where the teen was last seen?

"The person himself? We don't know. We don't know," Mendez said.