WHAT HAPPENED TO IVAN?
(as told to Gang Badoy by Ivan Padilla’s sisters, girlfriend, and mother)
FILED UNDER THE RETHINK MEDIA GROUP: an alternative media source.
(3 August 2010, Manila)
Author’s note: (added 4 August 2010) – this piece was done because I had a chance to talk to the family of Ivan Padilla through his younger sisters who my nieces happen to know. They asked me to go and check on “B” – and to send their condolences. This piece is not in defense of Ivan Padilla. We do not agree with the late Padilla’s actions – we thought it was just fair to let his younger sisters be heard. That’s all.
Without meaning nor wanting to, I am now tasked to write this piece.
Through the prodding of my niece who happens to be the friend of B, I found myself in the Correctional Institution for Women this afternoon listening to Malou Padilla and her daughters.
I just went to see ‘B’ and to make sure that she was okay at this time of grief. Naturally, the conversation revolved around their Kuya’s death.
While I write this with no set opinion on anything yet, I will try my best to recall everything we talked about this afternoon. If only to help the girls share what they know so far.
B is the younger sister of recently slain alleged carnap ring leader Ivan Padilla, 23. B told me about some factual errors the networks have been reporting about their family. In the interest of clarity, I shall enumerate the exchange between myself, ‘B,’ her older sister ‘M,’ Ivan’s life partner ‘A’and their mother Malou.
1. ‘M’ first tweeted that the networks have been reporting erroneous facts. She made it clear that her father is NOT in jail. Her mother is in the Correctional Institution for Women on a drug-related charge from over a decade ago. She has since turned to God and is now under Minimum watch. I saw her this afternoon and she did surprise me with her calmness peppered with her constant references to Psalm 23 whenever the subject turns to my awe of how she’s so composed during such a difficult time.
2. ‘B’ shared with me how while she was sitting in the Funeraria Filipinas receiving area – the news team of RPN 9 and TV5 were all asking the (what seems to be) the manager of the funeral parlor if they could shoot/film Ivan’s body inside the morgue. The manager would repeatedly say that under strict requests from the Padilla family members, no media person was to be allowed inside the morgue. ‘B’ even heard one someone “in white” from RPN 9 say, “Nasa kulungan naman parehong magulang niyan, wala namang magtatanong o magagalit.” (Both his parents are in jail anyway, so no one will ask or be offended.) They didn’t know who she was because she was hiding behind her companion and did not identify herself for fear of being mobbed with questions she wasn’t ready for.
3. ‘B’ shared how painful it is to read comments on news links online that spewed attacks against her brother –especially the ones that insinuate that ‘he deserved it.’ A trial is what everyone deserves, no matter what. Not death this way, she insinuates.
4. Speaking of death. Ivan’s life partner ‘A’ shared that she got to embrace him before they wheeled him in for the autopsy. She said she had a conversation with an Ospital ng Makati doctor (I’m assuming the attending physician at the time Ivan got there. A vaguely recalled that it could possibly be a certain Dr. Espina.) She found out that Ivan arrived Ospital ng Makati at 550am. Based on the stories of Ivan’s friend (either Mark or someone whose name starts with a J) said that they were in the vicinity of A.Venue along Makati Ave around 330am – and heard the shots from the supposed encounter around 420-430am. A handcuffed Ivan was even on video muttering something at an ABS CBN microphone while sitting or being assisted into the arresting officers’ vehicle. One question that came up for A, B, M and Malou is why did it take so long to get Ivan to Ospital ng Makati along Malugay, Bel Air Makati which is (at most) fifteen minutes away – less so since there was no traffic at that early hour.
5. The Inquirer today (Tues Aug 3 2010) reported that there were two police reports prepared. One at 6am (quote Senior Supt. Leo Francisco, head of the NCR Police Office or NCRPO -Intelligence Operation Unit) as saying that “Ivan Padilla and a companion were arrested.” And will both be presented to the media at the NCRPO HQ in Bicutan. Then half an hour later Francisco called up a radio reporter and while off air clarified that Padilla had actually died at the hospital. At 10am during an NCRPO initiated press con, the Inquirer saw the drafts of two (2) press releases “one saying Padilla was captured, the other saying he was killed.” (source: Inquirer Tues Aug 3, 2010 page A8)
6. Ivan Padilla DID take a shot in the head, the bullet still lodged in his forehead but he was still able to talk while handcuffed BEFORE being dropped off at the Ospital ng Makati. Now – on the subject of being ‘dropped off’ – yes, says ‘M’ – her Kuya was merely dropped off and that when she got to Ospital ng Makati – there was no one there. No police officers, no media men. She even thought they made a mistake and they drove to the other Ospital ng Makati branch and then subsequently drove back to the Malugay branch only to find him there registered as “Mister X.” Her aunt, in fact, had to call and be the one to identify Ivan (through his tattoo, lean built and prominent features) – so he has records written under a “Mister X.” Now – both sisters and A started talking at the same time asking me if Ivan was already declared as ‘arrested’ or ‘captured’ – then why not identify or give his name to the E.R. nurse or doctor? Why ‘Mister X’ – and they also all wanted to know if that was standard operating procedure – to merely ‘drop off’ a dying or even DOA suspect? (Is it?) I just said I didn’t know but I will ask. It seemed logical to me to assume that that wasn’t standard. I have witnessed a crime scene post-murder last year and I know for a fact that the SOCO and the QCPD (where the murder of my friends Alexis Tioseco & Nika Bohinc happened) were very conscious about identification and not leaving them until most paperwork was done. At least even just for the identification.
7. They told me that the addresses on Ivan’s ID’s are not theirs. They do not live in North Forbes, nor do they live in Alabang.
8. Most reports either out and out or implied at the very least – that he died during the encounter and because of the gunshot wound. They showed me Ivan’s death certificate – it said he had ‘No permanent address.’ Male. 23 years old. Filipino. Signed by the Makati Health Dept (Licensed, Salinas, MD) Signed by his sister (Padilla). Signed by the funeral director (Laksamana). Verified by a de la Cruz – OIC Reg Division. Signed by the licensed embalmer of Funeraria Filipinas, Makati City (Fuster). A stamp that said “AUTOPSY FREE OF CHARGE.” And cause of death: Asphyxia as a result of blunt force to the throat. (T 71) Signed by V. Nolido, MD (Medico Legal Officer)
9. I cannot surmise on anything written here. I was even warned by my lawyer to just ‘stay away’ because it is safer that way. Especially since I do not know them and I have not had any association with the family. But in the face of a mother, a beloved, and younger sisters of someone who died yesterday (whether by gunshot or not) – how can I not write? This is not a judgment piece on anyone – nor is it to shed light on anything. It is merely a narration of (as close to fact) as possible. And everything here is documented on paper and/OR narrated first-hand by a loved one of the victim. I can pass our judgment on Ivan Padilla but certainly I cannot deprive his younger sisters the right to ask questions. Clarity is usually the only comfort one can get during a death. Even if it is ugly – at least it is their truth.
10. The Padilla family would like to ask for the help of the Commission on Human Rights to at least look into the matter and perhaps answer even just a few more questions. Some light in this tough time will really help. Regardless of how Ivan lived – his family has a right to know exactly what happened at his time of death.
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Addendum: The family also laments how GMA7 flashed the photo of Ivan’s son on national TV.