MANILA -- The cause of death of a Manila city jail inmate is still "undetermined" even if he was found to have had "flesh-eating bacteria" before he expired in detention, an official said Wednesday.
An online report claimed that inmate Gerry Baluran succumbed to necrotizing fasciitis, an infection that results in the deterioration of tissues and severe fever.
"Undetermined cause of death po iyung isang inmate namin. Iyun po kasing sa flesh-eating bacteria, iyun po ang diagnosis doon sa medical certificate niya [noong ilipat siya sa Manila city jail]," said Senior Insp. Jayrex Bustinera, chief of the facility's public information office.
(The cause of death of our inmate is undetermined. The flesh eating bacteria was part of the diagnosis on his medical certificate when he was transferred to the Manila city jail.)
Baluran, who was detained on illegal gambling charges, had "non-healing" wounds on his back and feet when he was brought to the city jail from the Manila police station 9 last Thursday, Bustinera told radio DZMM.
The inmate, he said, was immediately admitted to the jail's infirmary and did not interact with other detainees.
Baluran was brought to the Jose Reyes Medical Center on Sunday after he fell unconscious. He died before midnight, Bustinera said.
The Manila city jail has 6,029 inmates, 5 times more than its capacity to hold 1,100 detainees.
Authorities are investigating Baluran's death, Metro Manila police director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said in a separate DZMM interview.