Wife of Echanis says autopsy confirms his death wasn’t a simple crime

Published August 21, 2020, 2:09 PM

by Chito Chavez

The widow of slain peace consultant Randall Echanis stressed Friday that the initial independent autopsy report of forensic pathologist Dr. Raquel Fortun confirmed that her husband’s death was not a simple crime or robbery.


“Malayo sa ‘simpleng krimen’ o robbery na ipinipilit ng mga pulis ang nangyari sa aking asawa (This is far from the simple crime or robbery that the police insisted happened to my husband),’’ Erlinda Echanis said.

Erlinda emphasized that Randall’s killing was “politically motivated’’ as her husband was a consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and chairman of Anakpawis party-list.

In a virtual press briefing, Fortun said that Randall had multiple stab wounds mostly at the back which indicated that he suffered a great deal before being slain.

Fortun said that the deep puncture at his back which pierced through his aorta killed him “at once,’’ adding that he also had multiple superficial wounds also at the back.

Her finding was contrary to initial reports that the slain peace consultant sustained a bullet wound.

Fortun explained the blunt force trauma to the head was the cause of the injury that resembled a bullet wound.

When asked if he Randall was tortured, she simply said that the ‘’implications (of torture) are likely to be there.’’

Describing torture as a means to inflict suffering and “in this sense, physical suffering,’’ Fortun acknowledged that it “looks like he sustained a lot of injuries first that were not intended to kill him outright and the final fatal injury was that stab wound.’’

“The implication is there,” she added.

Most likely, Fortun said that more than one assailant carried out the killing using at least three weapons.

Citing Echanis’ age, 71, Fortun noted there was “little indication of struggle” while citing the position he might have been during the crime.

However, Fortun explained that a victim’s body ‘’can only tell you so much’’ stressing the importance of carefully processing and preserving the pieces of physical evidence.

She stressed that this was only the initial findings with the final autopsy report may be finished by next week.

Louie Tagapia, a neighbor of Echanis, was also killed in a rented house in Novaliches, Quezon City on the wee hours of Aug. 10.

Even if his family immediately identified one of the bodies as Echanis’, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) initially took the body, claiming the identification card found in his body had another name.

Two days later, the police released the body to Echanis’ family after confirming that it was indeed the peace consultant’s remains.