Maguindanao massacre defense lawyer suggests poisoning as possible cause of death of some victims

Questioning the autopsy conducted on the Maguindanao massacre victims, defense lawyer Charlton Romero has raised the possibility that some of them could have died from poisoning, reports PhilStar.com.

At yesterday’s trial, Romero questioned the autopsy report of Dr. Ruperto Sumbilon Jr. of the National Bureau of Investigation, who was not able to take X-rays of the bodies due to lack of equipment. Sumbilon earlier testified that drivers Rasul Daud and Norton Edsa died of multiple gunshot wounds sustained from a high-powered firearm, reports Inquirer.net.

Romero said that although checking the gunshot wounds of the victims was "the obvious thing to do," Sumbilon should have checked if they were "intoxicated or poisoned beforehand." PhilStar.com quoted him: "You have to have certain protocols. If you omit certain steps, the conclusion or opinion (of the witness) becomes doubtful."

Romero represents suspects Mohamad Simpal Sangki and Inspector Ariel Diongon, according to PhilStar.com.

Last month, another defense lawyer Paris Real raised the possibility that the metal fragments recovered from Daud and Edsa came from "surgical operations" and not guns.

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