TED FAILON TESTED NEGATIVE BUT NOT YET OFF THE HOOK
But will remain in police custody
MANILA, Philippines—News anchor Ted Failon, Teodoro Etong in real life, tested negative for gunpowder residue, but he will remain in the custody of the police, authorities said Thursday.
Chief Superintendent Roberto Rosales of the National Capital Regional Police Office however said this negative finding is not conclusive at this time.
As of posting time, Failon is still at the New Era Hospital visiting his wife, Trinidad Arteche-Etong, who has a gunshot wound to her temple in an alleged attempted suicide.
Police said Failon would be escorted back from the hospital to the Quezon City Police District headquarters later.
Under police rules, suspects may be detained for 12 hours.
“After that pag walang nakuhang evidence (If no evidence is found) within that period, kailangan sila i-release (they have to be released),” said Senior Superintendent Elmo San Diego, officer in charge of QCPD.
Failon was kept in police custody starting 12 midnight.