September 30, 2023


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Lapu-Lapu Chief of Police Limuel Obon (left) updates the media on the on-going investigation on the death of Christine Lee Silawan. Beside Obon is the girl's mother Lourdes who sat beside PAO Chief Percida Acosta. ( photo)


By Tonton Alcos Antogop


LAPU-LAPU CITY- “Fake news.” In two words Lapu-Lapu Chief of Police Limuel Obon described the photo release of the supposed primary suspect of the gruesome murder of Christine Lee Silawan. Obon faced the media here after he had a conference with Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta and Lourdes Silawan, the mother of Christine. Obon said that he personally talked to Police Regional Director Brigadier General Debold Sinas and Regional Intelligence Chief Remus Medina, both denied being the source of the photo release of Jonas Bueno.

A national paper quoting Sinas and Medina reported that Bueno, an alleged leader of a cult named “Bueno Brothers”, is the primary suspect and that a manhunt is being launch. “Nandito naman si R2 (Medina), he can speak for himself, tinanong ko si RD kanina di-nare (sic) ko siya, no I did not, siya pa nga ang nagbigay sa amin ng instruction huwag muna nating ilalabas, wag kayong maglabas ng picture or name while the investigation is going on” Obon told the media.

Hearing his answer, ask this question as a follow up, “mukhang mali yung account ng journalist na sumulat ho, can we say that?”, to which the police official answered, “Fake News.” Medina who was in the crowd for his part confirmed Obon’s statement, clarifying that he never spoke to the journalist that made it appear about the photo release of Bueno. “Hindi. Probably tanungin natin ang nagsulat nyon,” Medina told Obon said that they are still pursuing the suspect of the crime.

He did not elaborate. Meanwhile, the mother of Christine Lee, Lourdes, has already asked the legal assistance of PAO. Acosta announced that she is designating PAO Lapu-Lapu chief, Atty. Liza Patalinghug to assist the Silawans. Acosta visited the wake of Christine Lee in Barangay Mactan. Jonas Bueno is the reported leader of a cult group named Bueno Brothers that operates in the hinterlands of Danao City and Carmen town. In January this year, a farmer named Trinidad Batucan was allegedly skinned to death by the group of Bueno.

His two brothers, Junrey and Juvy, were killed in an ensuing shoot-out with the police after they were pursued. Christine Lee’s face was skinned to her bone. She sustained 30 stab wounds. Her other body parts were missing. Her tonque was plucked out. Her trachea and esophagus were ripped while her right ear was knifed. Christine Lee served as alms collector in Sacred Heart Parish in Barangay Pajac. She did not returned home after serving the mass last Sunday afternoon. Her corpse was found last Monday morning in a grassy lot in Barangay Bankal.

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