SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/20 Dec) – Dismayed with the finding of the police’s Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) over the controversial death of Rosalyn Abadiez, family members said they are contemplating on hiring an independent investigator to find out more about the killing.
Rosalyn, a nursing student at the Surigao Education Center here said to have an affair with the son of Surigao del Norte Board Member Nilo Aldonza, died after she was allegedly badly beaten by Aldonza’s immediate family members.
Rosalyn’s aunt Maria Agruda said that her niece was beaten by the wife of Aldonza, including her two daughters and daughter in-law Melanie Sacro-Aldonza. The latter is wife of Junel Aldonza, who was reported to have an affair with Rosalyn.
A confrontation allegedly occurred at Rosalyn’s boarding house at Kaskag last Nov. 3 where the suspects allegedly ganged up on her. She was taken to the hospital and died five days later.
Agruda said that a day after the mauling incident, Rosalyn and Junel went to her office to report the incident.
Agruda said that Junel is already separated from his wife, but the Aldonzas denied the claim.
Rosalyn’s family broke their silence after she was laid to rest, demanding justice.
Dr. Manolito Go of Surigao Medical Center, where Rosalyn was confined, issued a certificate saying that her death was due to severe pulmonary hemorrhage, secondary to pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB).
Discontented with the doctor’s findings, the family asked for a SOCO autopsy.
On Nov. 16, the SOCO based in Butuan City conducted an autopsy on the body of the victim.
Medico-legal Dr. Analie Palima corroborated with the first doctor’s findings. But she said that the beating she suffered might also be a contributing factor to her death.
“It was like there was no autopsy at all because SOCO just corroborated with the hospital doctor’s findings,” lamented Ronni Agruda, Rosalyn’s uncle.
He said Palima made a hasty conclusion after only two hours of autopsy. Palima, Agruda opined, should have done a thorough examination.
Agruda said their family has decided to get an independent investigator to determine the cause of her death. He said they will hire a forensic expert.
Based on what he gathered from the medical community, Agruda said tuberculosis is a curable disease and if a person has it, symptoms include cough, flu, fever, weight loss, loss of appetite, night sweat, among others.
He said Rosalyn never suffered these symptoms until she was ganged up.
Rosalyn died last November 8.
MindaNews tried to contact Palima for comment but she could not be reached.
The suspects, meanwhile, have been silence on the issue, declining requests for interview.
But board member Adonza earlier said over radio that they will air their statements at the proper forum, once the accusers lodge a formal complaint.
He said allegations hurled against his family may be designed to ruin his political career.
Aldonza said he will file charges against accusers if they can’t prove their allegations. (Roel N. Catoto / MindaNews)