The two deaths from the bloody dispersal in Kidapawan each sustained a fatal gunshot wound, a forensics expert said.
Dr. Raquel Fortun conducted an independent autopsy and an external examination of the remains of the two rallyists, identified as Darwin Sulang, 22, and Enrico Fabilgar, 30, last April 9.
In an Inquirer report, he said that Sulang had a “single perforating gunshot wound almost in the middle of the forehead, which exited at the top back of the head.”
Meanwhile, Fabilgar sustained “single penetrating gunshot wound of the trunk."
National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) Secretary General Atty. Edre Olalia said the Philippine National Police and the Commission Human Rights denied them a copy of the autopsy reports. This prompted him to ask for an independent autopsy and external examination.
Contrary to DILG Statement
Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento said that the casualties died out of heat stroke, and possibly from the impact of thrown rocks. This recent finding debunks his statement.
Moreover, the Inquirer report also said that Sulang's death certificate pointed to a puncture wound as the cause, instead of a gunshot wound.
The police defended their use of firearms in a protest, citing reports that NPA members may have infiltrated the rally. The use of lethal force, however, is against the law.