Assailants forced their way into Echanis’ house, Anakpawis refutes QCPD claim
Manila, Philippines — The miitant Party-list Anakpawis refuted the claim of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) claiming there was no forced entry into the rented apartment of the murdered Randall “Randy” Echanis.
“Police claim that Echanis voluntarily opened his door or knew his killers, in a brazen attempt for a cover-up; but the crime scene says otherwise,” Ariel Casilao, former Anakpawis Representative said in a statement on Thursday.
Anakpawis dispatched rightaway a team to look into the crime scene and found broken door knob and strike plate, indicating a brute force entry.
“Contrary to police claim, the perpetrators forced their entry into Echanis’ rented apartment. It was a clear murder and we highly believe state forces were behind it following their hostaging of his remains and twisted stories,” added Casilao.
Echanis, 71, is now at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) for an X-ray and autopsy after three days of being what Anakpawis called as “held hostage” by the authoriteis in a police-operated funeral parlor in La Loma, Quezon City.
“QCPD’s cover-up is the reason why we will never trust them with the investigation. We urge them to stop the lies as it furthers the brutal death and injustice of Echanis,” ended Casilao. ###
Broken door knob and strike plate of Echanis’ house indicating brute force entry.