Allan Rafael was arrested over alleged illegal drug charges. Later on, he was found dead inside the jail. However, it appears that his case is not an ordinary one. His brother accused police officials of stealing his brother’s valuables, making him a victim of “hulidap”.
Aarun Rafael, brother of the victim, said that his brother came back from working in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia after he was diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer that begins in the lymphocytes.
Allan, 35, is a breadwinner of the family and was supposed to go through chemotherapy next week that he fully paid before he was arrested on Aug. 3.
“It was hulidap,” says Aarun. According to him, Allan was arrested by police officers wearing civilian clothes along with a checkpoint in Recto Avenue. But before the arrest, the police asked if the G-shock watch and iPhone of Allan were “originals”.
Allan was caught with a sachet of illegal drugs at the checkpoint but his brother Aarun denied this accusation.
Aarun visited his brother in the Barbosa police precint where the victim confessed that he was punched and slapped by police officers. He was also forced to admit that he is a drug user.
“How could he have used drugs when he was undergoing chemo? He was just being forced by the police to admit he was using drugs. He could not have died if he was not beaten up,” says Aarun.
However, Superintendent Carlo Miguel, Manila Police District spokesperson, denied accusations that Allan was tortured and killed while under their custody.
According to him, the National Bureau of Investigation sent an autopsy report showing that Allan was not beaten to death. The ex-OFW was also detained in a less crowded detention cell because of his condition.
The initial cause of death was said to be a hypovolemic shock (happens when a person loss 20 percent of blood and fluid supply) secondary to massive upper gastrointestinal bleeding. However, the autopsy report turns out that the cause of death is a cardiorespiratory arrest. He also vomited blood before he was rushed to the hospital.