Slain barrio doctor's phone examined for clues

Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 09 2017 07:55 PM

A tarpaulin calling for the killer of Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas to be brought to justice is put up at the Sapad Municipal Health Center. Photo courtesy of Sapad Municipal Health Center

ILIGAN – The Philippine National Police’s (PNP) anti-cybercrime unit examined slain doctor Dreyfuss Perlas’ cellphone in a bid to find the person responsible for his death.

PNP-Anti-Crime Group Region 10 examiner PO1 Rey Vacalares said they retrieved messages and videos from Perlas’ phone, which may prove useful to investigators.

Police Provincial Director S/Supt. Faro Antonio Olaguera said they also hope to get closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage from establishments near the crime scene.

So far, the police have 3 persons of interest.

The PNP and the Association of Municipal Health Officers of the Philippines (AMHOP) of Lanao del Norte told ABS-CBN that Perlas received death threats before he was shot on March 1.

Authorities allegedly have a witness, but they are hesitant to come forward, so Kapatagan Mayor Barry Baguio said he is helping to convince the witness to fully cooperate and testify. 

Perlas was shot in Kapatagan town, Lanao del Norte. 

As of this writing, Sapad town, where Perlas was assigned, remained without a Municipal Health Officer. 

Residents, however, continue to enjoy the doctor’s legacy—he was able to put up a new health center, acquire medicines and equipment prior to his death.

Perlas will be laid to rest on Saturday in his hometown in Aklan.