DNA test confirms Sulu bomber a woman

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 17 2019 01:19 AM | Updated as of Sep 17 2019 06:45 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) —A DNA test has confirmed that the suicide bomber who attacked a military camp in Indanan, Sulu on Sept. 8 was a woman.

"Of the 20 specimens recovered from the crime scene, 'yung 13, said to be similar to a female DNA profile. While the 7, said to have partial female DNA profile," said Police Col. Elimer Catabay, deputy director for operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory.

He said some 20 tissue samples were submitted for examination to their DNA laboratory in Davao.

Catabay said they would ask for help from Interpol to crossmatch the DNA from a bigger database to determine if the female suicide bomber was a foreigner.

"Puwede nating malaman 'yan kung mayroon tayong (We can find that out if we have a) standard for comparison. For the questioned specimen alone, I think we cannot determine whether this is a foreigner or Filipino. But if there is a standard sample coming from a certain individual, diyan natin makikita, kung matched sila (that's where we will see if they match)," Catabay said.

No one has come forward to confirm the identity of the suspect.

Police crossmatched the DNA samples in their database, but they came out negative.

"So far, negative po siya, walang na-match. Ang laman ng DNA database natin ay 'yung DNA na na-encode natin galing sa mga arrested suspects, mga nakukuha namin sa crime scenes," Catabay said.

(So far, it's negative, there was no match. Our DNA database contains DNA we have encoded from arrested suspects, what we get from crime scenes.)

He said they would ask for help from Interpol and other countries to crossmatch the DNA to determine if the female suicide bomber was a foreigner.