UN expert to help boost forensic probe skills

UNITED Nations special rapporteur Dr Morris Tidball-Binz’s visit to Manila this week is expected to boost the country’s forensic investigation capacity, according to Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla.

Tidball-Binz is the UN special rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

Remulla, in a statement, said Tidball-Binz’s visit “will pave the way for forensic pathologists and enhance their practice to achieve international standard practices and help us identify the intricacies of wrongful death tragedies”.

He, however, stressed that Tidball-Binz will visit not as a special rapporteur but as an expert in the field of forensic pathology “to help capacitate our current doctors”.“This is an enormous step towards that goal,” Remulla said.

There are only two licensed and internationally recognised forensic pathologists in the country, Doctors Raquel Fortun and Cecilia Lim.

Fortun earlier expressed concern over the autopsy conducted on the body of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos, who was among the casualties during the Duterte administration’s bloody drug campaign. — Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

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