A TOP official from the Davao del Norte Provincial Police Office belied talks that a 10-year-old child in Braulio E. Dujali, Davao del Norte was killed by an "aswang," a mythical creature.

Davao del Norte Police Director Samuel Gadingan, who guested in Wednesday's AFP-PNP press conference, said they will wait for results of the autopsy before giving their findings on the case.

He also confirmed that the Bureau of Investigation has conducted an autopsy on the victim's body.

"Somehow, it was only the victim's parents who are concluding about the aswang but for us, we are not focusing on that angle," Gadingan said. "Sa ngayon, hindi pa natin masasabi kung ano ba talaga ang nakapatay sa bata."

He said the autopsy report will be released one to two weeks from now. He promised to reveal the findings once these are available.

Gadingan, meanwhile, said he doesn't want to provide false assumptions until such evidence will be given to avoid panic from the public.

"Hangga't wala pang concrete evidence, hindi dapat tayo magpredict sa cause of death ng bata para maiwasan ang panic sa public," Gadingan said.

The victim, who was identified as Holy Rose Buot, student, and a resident in Braulio E. Dujali, Davao del Norte, was found dead morning of May 26 with several markings of bites all over her body.

Based on initial investigation, the victim was bitten by a snake.

The burial of the victim is set June 4. (KRP)