No drugs found in slain Albay radioman’s vehicle, says PNP

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2018 06:52 PM

Albay radio broadcaster Joey Llana was shot dead on Friday, July 20, 2018. ABS-CBN News

MANILA—Sachets of a white, crystalline substance found in the vehicle of slain Albay radio broadcaster Joey Llana tested negative for illegal drugs, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Saturday.

A laboratory test showed that the seven sachets of suspected "shabu" did not contain illegal drugs and may just be alum powder (tawas).

Another sachet containing a yellow substance also tested negative for illegal drugs.

"Negatibo po 'yung result. Ibig sabihin, walang content ng droga 'yun. Walang content ng illegal drugs," Supt. Benito Dipad said.

(The results are negative. It means there are no illegal drugs there.)

Llana also tested negative for illegal drugs.

Llana, a blocktimer for radio station DWZR in Legazpi City, Albay, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside his home in Barangay Peñafrancia, Daraga town, around 4:45 a.m. Friday, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said. 

Police earlier said they haven't monitored any drug-related activity linked to Llana.

A paraffin test also showed that Llana did not fire any gun.

Police are still waiting for the results of the autopsy to verify the number of times Llana was shot and whether he was gunned down at close range.

The NUJP earlier said Llana was shot 14 times with one .45-caliber gun and a 9-mm pistol.

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde has also ordered the Bicol police to prioritize the investigation on Llana's slay.

—With a report from Karla Thea Omelan, ABS-CBN News