The Southern Police District (SPD) has reported that, based on an autopsy, there was no indication of foul play in the demise of two female students, Irish Sheen Manalo, 13, and Mary Nicole Picar, 15, from Signal Village National High School (SVNHS) in Taguig.
The students were discovered deceased on November 10 inside the Girls Scout Mini Office at SVNHS.
As per a report from the Taguig police, Irish Sheen Manalo and Mary Nicole Picar were discovered deceased around 11 p.m. on November 10 inside the Girls Scout Mini Office on the third floor of the Magsaysay Building at SVNHS in Barangay Central Signal.
The subsequent day, the Taguig police released a statement indicating that, according to the preliminary evidence, there was no indication of foul play in the demise of Manalo and Picar.
“The initial evidence gathered by the Philippine National Police-Taguig and the Scene of Crime Operation (SOCO) do not indicate foul play in the deaths of two female high school students whose lifeless bodies were discovered almost midnight of Friday, Nov 10, at Signal Village National High School,” the Taguig police said.
The passing of Manalo and Picar prompted social media posts on Facebook, advocating for justice for the two students.
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Baesa mentioned that the families of Manalo and Picar have accepted the police’s clarification that there was no foul play in their deaths. He further stated that the police are awaiting the investigation results from the police’s crime laboratory or forensic unit.
“Antay pa yun result ng crime lab, pero initial investigation wala kami nakita foul play (Still waiting for the result of the crime lab but based on our initial investigation, we did not see foul play),” he said.
According to the Taguig police, a witness named Danielle, aged 16 and a student, reported that the two victims were last seen around 7:45 p.m. on November 10, informing her that they were heading home. However, it was later discovered through their Messenger group that the two did not go home. Danielle conducted a search and found their bodies hanging with a rope tied around their necks and attached to a steel grill in the Girls Scout office.
Danielle promptly notified the security guards, who then reported the incident to the Taguig police. The families, relatives, friends, and classmates of Manalo and Picar paid tribute to them on social media.
“It is with sorrow, We announce that our classmate Irish Sheen Manalo and her friend Mary Nicole Picar had passed away. Condolences to both families. We are witnesses of their kind hearts. Both girls always greeted everyone with a smile. Their acts of services always brought happiness to their fellow students. Though they may not be with us anymore, their memories will be always kept alive in our hearts. May you Rest in Paradise, Irish, and Mary,” according to a Facebook post made by the section SVNHS 8-Gold 23′-24.’