Cebu police to continue probe of Ashley’s death

By Calvin Cordova

CEBU CITY—The Cebu City police will continue its investi­gation into the death of Ashley Abad despite Presi­dent Duterte’s pronouncement that the party drug that the teenager took before she died came from her.
Sr/ Supt. Royina Garma, Cebu City police chief, said the President’s statement will not affect the course of the inves­tigation.
“The President has his own sources. We will file a case based on the evidence we gathered,” said Garma.
The 19-year-old Abad died Jan. 20, a day after she col­lapsed during a concert at the Cebu Business Park.
According to the PNP Crime Laboratory, examina­tion showed that Abad died from an overdose of ecstasy.
The police launched an investigation to find out who gave Abad the party drug.

Among those invited for police questioning were Abad’s boyfriend Nel Spencer Tiu and their friends who were with them during the concert.

Last Feb. 14 that Tiu ap­peared at the Cebu police station to deny he was the one who gave the ecstasy to his girlfriend.

During a meeting with Abad’s parents last Feb. 7 the President called up Garma and ordered Tiu’s immediate arrest.

But in a surprising twist last Feb. 20, Duterte revealed during his speech in Mala­canang that the ecstasy came from the teenager herself.

"Nag-reklamo sila (Abad’s parents), they want justice. Pero nakita nila, na-recover ng forensics examination pati ‘yung... She was the one who was actually texting another girl na maghati sila doon kasi ‘yung isa, reserba niya para sa kanyang boyfriend, ‘yung miss­ing until now," Duterte said.

"And to make a long shot guess na galing sa boyfriend, eh siya ‘yung may hawak eh. Siya nga nagsabi doon sa text, para ito sa boyfriend niya. So hindi ma-ano sa nanay pati tatay na," the President added.
The President admitted as a father, that he was saddened by what happened to Abad