The blood stains of Christine Lee Silawan found in the shoe of the suspect could speak for itself. NBI Regional Director Tomas Enrile said so in a press conference in the NBI Central Visayas Office together with Dr. Rene Cam, their forensics division chief, who explained the laboratory findings from the NBI Central Office in Manila.
“That will speak for itself. Hindi na kailangan ng testimoniya dyan doon na siya na link. Palagay ko yun na, more than enough na yun. At yan ay hindi magsisinungaling, physical evidence yan,” Enrile told reporters Thursday night.
Cam revealed that a pair of black shoes of the suspect were examined and the right shoe had human blood stains. The pair of shoes were among the so-called clothings of interest which the NBI have earlier confiscated from the house of the suspect in Barangay Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City.
According to Dr. Cam the blood stains were of female profile and matched with the DNA of the parents of Christine Lee whose DNA samples were taken through a buccal swab which was taken from the inside of their cheeks.
Cam said it will strengthen the case against the suspect because it would establish his presence in the crime scene. “Yes, it will add because what will happen now, the suspect who owns the shoes will be placed now in the crime scene or in contact with the people who did the crime,” Cam explained.
As to the other clothings however, all were tested negative of human blood traces but even then the evidence from the shoe which they already submitted to the Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutors Office will solidify their case.
Enrile already closed down the possibility that the suspect will stand as state witness to the case because they already offered it earlier on the premise that the suspect will tell all what he knew of the crime.
The NBI official said the suspect’s lawyer Vincent Isles stood path on the innocence of his client. “We are trying to convince them before na kung may nalalaman siya ituro niya and if he will qualify as state witness tutulungan namin pero the lawyer is claiming na talagang certain siya na innocent yung kliyente niya.”
Asked on the pending resolution of a petition in court of Isles that the shoes and the other clothings of interest be made inadmissible as evidence because it was not covered by the search warrant which was issued by the court Enrile replied that they could justify it.
“We will answer that later on kaya i-justify ng opisina yan doon na sa husgado mag-uusap tayo dyan,” Enrile said. Isles filed a petition to Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 11 Judge Ramon Daomilas, the Presiding Judge of the designated Special Cybercrime Court in Cebu that the clothings be set aside as Daomilas merely issued a Warrant to Search, Seize and Examine Computer Data (WSSECD) and not for the items which the NBI had confiscated.
Daomilas still has to rule on the motion of Isles as he also gave time to the NBI to submit their reply. The suspect meanwhile celebrated his 18th birthday yesterday inside the Homecare for Children (HCC) of the Lapu-Lapu City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) in Barangay Gun-ob.
Isles and his group from the Cebu Action Group (C.A.G.) brought some spaghetti, bread and ice cream but he told reporters that it was not solely for his client but for the rest of the Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) who are inside the HCC.
Reporters were barred from entering the center but heard from the outside that the people inside sung a birthday song. The reporters noticed also that some of the food was wrapped with Otso Diretso political campaign materials while some also wore Otso Diretso t-shirts.
Isles and C.A.G. are known supporters of Otso Diretso senatorial candidates. Christine Lee and the client of Isles were former sweethearts as admitted by the suspect himself in his affidavit. The girl was killed last March 10 after she served as alms collector in the mass of the Sacred Heart Church in Barangay Pajac. The next day, her flayed dead body was found in a vacant grassy lot in Barangay Bankal.