September 30, 2023


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


By Tonton Alcos Antogop


Christine Lee Silawan was raped. Her face that was skinned to the bone was also poured with acid. That is according to Dr. Erwin Erfe, the head of the Public Attorneys Office (PAO) forensic division who conducted a re-autopsy on the victim.

“May nakita po kami na extensive abrasion sa labia majora, nakakita po kami ng extensive abrasion sa loob ng kanyang ari na nagpapatunay na siya ay pinagsamantalahan at ginamitan ng pwersa kaya dumugo ang kanyang ari,” Erfe told reporters when interviewed in a local funeral parlor today Tuesday as he conducted an autopsy on some believed to be victims of the ill-effects of Dengvaxia vaccination.

Erfe’s findings is contrary to the earlier autopsy result of PNP medico-legal officer Dr. Benjamin Lara but PAO Chief Percida Acosta said it should not be a cause for worry.

Acosta said their office in coordination with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National police specifically the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Christine Lee Silawan can file a supplemental information to the murder case that has already been filed in the Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutors Office.

“Huwag po mag-alala ang taong bayan, the PNP, the PAO and NBI will help one another to give Christine Silawan the complete justice,” Acosta said.

Erfe revealed that he also found out that the face of Christine Lee was poured with acid which he believed is sulfuric acid. It was done twice, according to the forensic doctor, the first was after Christine died, then after her face was skinned.

“Ang tinitingnan po natin na asido ay sulfuric acid. Inapply pagkatapos pong mamatay si Christine bago tuklapin so binuhusan, tinuklap, tapos binuhusan uli,” Erfe said.

Asked why his findings were different to that of Lara, Erfe said it could be because of the advance technology and equipment that they used. Erfe said they used a micro-camera in determining the injuries which Lara possibly did not. According to Acosta, based on the findings of Erfe, it indicated that the victim was not killed by only one person.

“Consistent po doon sa injuries niya at ligature marks niya, hindi lang isang tao ang gumawa nito. At most three or at least three,” Acosta said. The victim also had ligatures in both of her hands which is an indication that the girl was tied before she was killed.

The PAO had earlier accepted to provide legal assistance to the mother of Christine Lee which Acosta claimed is allowed under the law citing Republic Act 9262, the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004.

The earlier findings of Dr. Lara showed that Christine Lee had a healed laceration in her private part which indicated that she was not raped as it was not a fresh injury while he also did not conclude that the face of the victim was poured with acid.

Christine Lee’s flayed body was found last March 11 in Barangay Lapu-Lapu City. Her former 17-year-old boyfriend who would turn 18 on Thursday, April 4, is the prime suspect of her death.

The suspect volunteered that he will return to the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) even if he was already ordered release.

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte ordered his re-arrest prompting Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor Ruso Zaragoza to convince him to return to the DSWD custody for his safety. Zaragosa will resolve the murder case against the suspect in sixty days.

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