NBI says priest killed, rules out suicide

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NBI says priest killed, rules out suicide

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Results of the autopsy performed today by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on the body of Father Marcelino Biliran indicated that he was murdered refuting previous reports that declared his death a suicide.

Father Val Pinlac, spokesman of the Diocese of Tagbilaran, told DYRD Balita that the NBI autopsy showed that there were signs of foul play in the priest’s death as findings were “not consistent with suicide”.

The NBI report also revealed that there was no “self-inflicted wound” seen in the body of the 56-year-old priest, Pinlac added.

Doctor Rene Cam, NBI 7 medico legal officer, conducted the autopsy at the St. Peter’s Funeral Parlor hours before the burial of the priest earlier today.

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Other details of the autopsy conducted by the NBI were given to the bereaved family who requested for the autopsy to be conducted.

On the part of the NBI, lawyer Arcelito Albao, executive officer of NBI- Bohol, said that with the findings of the autopsy, further investigation will be conducted by the government agency.

Leah Sumampong, niece of Fr. Biliran, said they will seek justice for the death of the priest thus they are requesting for a “full-dress” investigation on the death of Biliran, who was the parish priest of the St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Loboc town.

Before the findings were made known, Sumampong already voiced out that they could not believe that her priest uncle committed suicide.

Biliran was found dead inside the comfort room at the convent of the said church on June 27, 2016.

Initial reports indicated that the his death could have been a result of suicide as his lifeless body was discovered hanging inside the room.

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