The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) confirmed on Friday, February 19, that high-profile inmate Raymond Dominguez passed away inside his cell at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.
“Nung 6:20AM ay ginising siya sa kanyang maliit na silid dahil dapat ay may schedule siya na blood chemistry sa hospital,” BuCor Public Information Office Chief Gabriele Chaclag told DZRH.
“Hindi na siya nag-respond at nung binuksan yung kanyang kwarto ay wala ng buhay yung kanyang katawan,” he added.
Chaclag said that Dominguez appears to have died due to natural causes but BuCor will continue with an investigation in order to quell suspicions of foul play.
The BuCor spokesperson mentioned that Dominguez, the leader of the Dominguez car theft gang, has a medical history of hypertension, diabetes, and asthma.
He also said that Dominguez tested twice for 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), and had to undergo isolation.
“Nung first time, it was October. Naka-recover siya. Then nagkaroon ulet tayo ng swabbing, general swabbing, sa December, at naging positive ulet siya,” Chaclag revealed.
“January ay nag-negative yung result kaya binalik natin siya sa kanyang selda,” he added.
In 2012, Dominguez serves time at the New Bilibid Prision after a court in Malolos, Bulacan convicted him for stealing a Toyota Fortuner in 2010.
Aside from car-jacking, Dominguez also face charges for the murder of car dealers Venson Evangelista and Emerson Lozano in 2011.
“Maraming kaso ito. In fact, 25 cases of carnapping with homicide. Marami pang ongoing na hearing ito, na bukod pa doon sa conviction niya,” Chaclag mentioned.