September 30, 2023


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


By Tonton Alcos Antogop


The forensic chief of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in the region supports the autopsy of Philippine National Police (PNP) medico-legal officer Benjamin Lara that Christine Lee Silawan was not raped. “I go with him that means there was no rape. The fact that there was no human fluid that is of a male profile in the genitalia, that means a lot,” Cam told in a phone interview.

Cam’s reaction was sought after Lara called a press conference yesterday and explained his autopsy report on Silawan. The NBI according to Cam will adopt the report of Lara on the murder charge that they have filed against the ex-boyfriend of the victim. Lara explained that there was no rape because the PNP Crime Laboratory in Manila did not found any male fluid in the private part of the victim when he submitted the cotton swab that he did for examination.

The PNP medico-legal officer also said that only the DNA of Christine Lee was found and not of any other person. Earlier he said that he found a healed laceration in the victim’s private part which meant that there was no sexual intercourse because it would have been a fresh laceration if there was. Dr. Erwin Erfe, the chief of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) forensics contradicted Lara’s findings however but the PNP medico-legal officer said that he could not be mistaken because he has already handled a lot of rape cases.

He recalled having at least 200 rape cases that he handled. As to the possibility that Christine Lee’s face was poured with an acid, Lara agreed but he could not exactly determine what kind of chemical was used. Christine Lee’s corpse was found last March 11 in a vacant lot in Barangay Bankal, Lapu-Lapu City.

She was skinned to the bone and was half naked. She sustained 30 stab wounds. Her 18-year-old former boyfriend is the suspect of the gruesome murder. The NBI bared last week that the shoe of the suspect had blood stains that are of same DNA of Christine Lee which clearly established that the suspect was either in the crime scene when it happened or may have in contact with the perpetrator.

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