Boyfriend of teen who died in alleged drug overdose, still a no-show: PDEA


Posted at Jan 30 2019 01:19 PM

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MANILA – The boyfriend of the 19-year old girl who allegedly died due to drug overdose during a party in Cebu City last January 19 has yet to surface, an official said. 

Undersecretary Aaron Aquino, director general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), admitted that they are having a hard time getting the affidavit of Ashley Abad's boyfriend and those who were with them at the party.

"Hindi sila nagsu-surface sa amin. Yung mismong boyfriend niya 'di namin alam kung nagtatago siya or what," he said.

(They have yet to surface. We don't even know if her boyfriend is in hiding or what.)

In an interview on DZMM on Wednesday, Aquino said they also hope to get the affidavit of the doctor who gave the initial diagnosis when the teenager was brought to the hospital.

He explained that it is a standard operating procedure to call on all those who were with the victim to shed light on what really transpired that night.

Aside from the doctor, the boyfriend and the people who were with them at the party, authorities also want the affidavit of Abad's sibling.

"Allegedly, narinig nung kapatid ni Ashley at isa ring kamag-anak nung nandoon sila sa hospital na yung boyfriend sinabi doon sa doctor na binigyan niya raw ng ecstasy si Ashley so titingnan din natin 'yun," said Aquino.

(Allegedly, Ashley's sibling and a relative heard the boyfriend tell the doctor at the hospital that he gave ecstasy to Ashley. So we're looking into that.)

The PDEA chief said PDEA and the Philippine National police are still waiting for the autopsy result.

"Hopefully, malalaman natin kung ano talaga ang cause of death ni Asher Abad," he said.
(Hopefully we will know the cause of Ashley Abad's death.)

The autopsy was conducted last week after authorities received permission from the girl's parents.

Aquino explained that it has now become a fad among the youth to use mixed party drugs.

"They usually mix different drugs into one capsule. Example, a bit of cocaine, a bit of shabu, a bit of ecstasy, a bit of viagra in one capsule," explained Aquino.

He added that they experiment to determine the cocktail that gives them the best high. Others use liquid ecstasy, which even in small quantities can cause unconsciousness.
The girl’s uncle, Benny Abad, said in previous interview, that they suspect someone had spiked her drink with the party drug or forced her to take it since the teen was not a drug user.

The teen attended a concert at the Cebu Business Park on the eve of the Sinulog Festival. She was said to have collapsed in the middle of the event and was attended to by medical personnel of the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation. She passed away at the hospital on Sunday afternoon.