By Erma Edera
A man who was facing a rape case died after he allegedly jumped from the third floor of the Manila City hall building on Wednesday afternoon.
Police identified him as Ricardo Reyes, 66, and resident of Burgos Street, Paco Manila. He was arrested by Pandacan police on August 20 for allegedly molesting a seven-year-old girl.
Investigation showed Reyes was supposed to attend an inquest proceeding at the City Prosecutors office at around 2:12 p.m. on Wednesday.
According to Manila Police District Pandacan Police Station (PS-10) Commander Julius Añonuevo, Reyes complained of the difficulty of breathing and chest pain.
Añonuevo said he asked for a glass of water and he requested to temporarily remove the handcuffs. But when the police granted his request, he allegedly ran and jumped off the city hall building at around 2:45 p.m.
Reyes was rushed to Jose Abad Santos Hospital but he was declared dead on arrival.