September 30, 2023


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Silawan's x-boyfriend - photo credit DyHP RMN Cebu.


By Tonton Alcos Antogop


The 17 year-old boy who is the prime suspect of Christene Lee Silawan allegedly had a self confession to the crime. This is according to Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Chairman Dante Jimenez. “The affidavit of the ano self confessed killer daw walang aid of ano, a lawyer, dapat mayroon dung abugado, okay.

That is a violation of the Miranda doctrine,” Jimenez said during the burial of the16 year-old church alms collector. He then went on to castigate the law enforcement agencies for not doing their acts together in investigating the celebrated case. “Sinasabi ko uulitin ko ulit, hindi ito, you know haste makes waste.

Hindi ito unahan nung una akala ko masaya ako, di ba Carlo, akala ko masaya ako pero ngayon nakita ko yung litrato, nakita ko yung mga latest development, I condemned this kind of situation. I comdemned it, please kayong mga nasa agencies na yan, work together, put your acts together, hindi ito pwedeng kanya-kanya at pataasan ng ihi,” Jimenez who is also the founding Chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) said.

He was with known movie director and producer Carlo Caparas. The NBI earlier however denied having extracted a self-confession from the suspect whom they alleged as the former boyfriend of the victim. NBI-7 Regional Director Tomas Enrile said that they were very cautious because the suspect is a minor. Meanwhile, Police Regional Director Chief Superintendent Debold Sinas clarified that the police did not stop in their investigation of the case.

He said that what they are doing contrary to perception is a joint-effort with the NBI 7. “Joint gyu mi, wala man mi, mao nay dili namo ganahan nga istorya, its okay for us, we will consult with them unsay kinahanglan sa amoa,” adding “kanang tanang moves namo once we do it we confer with the NBI, dili namo solo-hon mao nay among arrangement,” Sinas told reporters. Sinas also made a clarification on an earlier report that the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Christene Lee Silawan has been disbanded.

The top police official in the region said that the task group will continue to function in coordination with the NBI. “Wala, wala gi disband continue ang follow up, ang amoa lang follow up, it should be consulted or referred sa NBI. Kabalo mo for example kami naa gihapon miy effort to investigate kay wala pa man makita ang kauban niya, alleged kauban niya,” Sinas said.

The boy has been ordered release from the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) after agreeing on an Omnibus Motion for Release from the lawyer of the suspect. Atty. Vincent Isles, the boy’s counsel asserted that his client should be release as his arrest was warrantless and is not a hot pursuit.

Christine Lee’s corpse which was naked down to her waist was found in a vacant lot in Barangay Bankal, Lapu-Lapu City last March 11. Her face was skinned to the bone. She bore 30 stab wounds while some of her body parts were missing, her tongue, esophagus and trachea were ripped. Her right ear was also gone.

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