The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said a suspect in an illegal drugs and firearms cases earlier detained at the NBI detention center died while in custody and being rushed to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) on Saturday afternoon.
NBI Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Eric B. Distor identified the suspect as Philip Jacob Nocom, a 47-year old inmate who is facing charges for illegal drugs and illegal possession of firearms.
Distor said Nocom was arrested by operatives of the NBI-International Operations Division (NBI-IOD) and NBI-Task Force Against Illegal Drugs (NBI-TFAID) on June 25, 2020 in a condominium unit in Marikina City. When he was found by the NBI operatives together with security officers of the condominium tower and barangay officials, Nocom, with aliases Alex Benson Vergara, John Robert Bautista, and Joseph Francis Lee, was lying on his bed almost unconscious and weak.
Various firearms and ammunitions and two kilos of illegal drugs (shabu) worth P13 million were also found in his condo unit.
Various identification cards bearing his aliases and different addresses were also found in his unit. He was brought to the NBI and was charged at the Office of the Prosecutor of Marikina City on June 26, 2020 after which he was turned over to the NBI detention center on the same day.
On July 2, 2020, PNP officers from San Juan Police Station arrived at the NBI and served suspect Nocom a warrant of arrest issued by the Pasig City Regional Trial Court.
At around 2 pm Saturday, Nocom was found slumped in his cell by his fellow inmates and was immediately rushed by NBI security officers to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) but was declared dead on arrival.
Distor said that they are still awaiting the report from the doctors as to the cause of his death. According to the doctors, however, an autopsy may only be conducted with the consent of Nocom’s relatives.
According to the security officers at the NBI detention center, Nocom was always on the wheel chair and cannot stand alone and did not eat anything the whole time he was inside the detention cell.
A day before he was rushed to PGH, Nocom took a Rapid Test for COVID-19 administered by the Medical Staff of the City Government of Manila and was tested negative. Operatives of the NBI are now trying to locate any relative of Nocom in the addresses indicated in his identification cards to get their consent for the autopsy to determine the cause of death./Stacy Ang