Police theories on what really happened to Trina Arteche-Etong
April 18, 2009 § 1 Comment
Probers at the Central Police District (CPD) are looking at four angles on the Trina Arteche-Etong death (see PhilStar website at http://www.philstar.com).
First, suicide. Second, parricide. Third (which is based on other sites and personal information received by PinoyObserver), murder and lastly, homicide.
A suicide is something self-inflicted. Based on pieces of evidence, it can be determined by tests (like paraffin) and exogeneuous factors, like testimonies, etc.
A parricide contemplates that Ted Failon might have something to do with Trina’s death. Parricide is a crime committed by a member of the family which the victim belonged. If the police files parricide charges, only Ted Failon, or Trina’s sister or brother would be arrested and charged. Parricide is a heinous crime and punishable by life imprisonment (before death).
A murder charge contemplates a scenario where members of the household (the househelps and the driver) killed Trina. Murder is pre-meditated. For police to seriously consider charging murder means that they have pieces of evidence which shows that there was something that could have provoked anybody to kill Trina. This means that members of Failon’s household could be charged and Failon exonerated.
Lastly, homicide. Homicide is not pre-meditated. It just says that somebody shot Trina without any provocation nor a plan to kill. It may mean that a third party was involved, which, in this case, is far-fetched since all testimonies point to a discovery of the incident after it was committed. There was also no indication of forcible entry nor any indication that a third party could have committed the dastardly deed.
Now, police will be piercing up the pieces of evidence they already gathered and re-construct the scene of the incident. The NBI is helping the police re-construct the scene of the incident.
What I am worried is the possibility (for my readers, let me stress POSSIBILITY) that police might actually influence their report to show either suicide or parricide. The direction that this case might take might actually depend on the way public opinion shows, which, obviously, an unfair thing both to Trina and her husband and siblings.