Cebu teen’s killer admits drug use, learned skin peeling online

Marje Pelayo   •   April 11, 2019   •   3145

42-year-old murder suspect, Renato Payupan Llenes said he lured the victim through Facebook.

CEBU, Philippines – Authorities presented on Thursday (April 11) the suspect in the brutal killing of teenager Christine Lee Silawan.

Forty-two-year-old Renato Payupan Llenes said he lured the victim using a dummy account on Facebook and asked to meet up on March 10, the day the victim was killed.

According to PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde, Llenes admitted using scissors in committing the crime and that he learned how to peel off skin by watching videos online.

He said he did it so that Silawan would not be identified.

“Binalatan ko ang kanyang mukha para hindi makilala. Nag-away rin kami noon. Sa Facebook, magkasintahan kaming dalawa. Tapos ipinaalam ko sa kanya na hindi ako si CJ. Wala man. Okay lang naman kami. Pero may nasabing hindi maganda kaya nasaktan ko siya, (I peeled her face so no one could identify her. We had an affair on Facebook. I told her I am not CJ. We were okay then but she said something bad so I killed her),” Llenes said.

Llenes is allegedly included in Lapu Lapu City Police’s drugs watchlist.

Albayalde said the suspect admitted he was under the influence of illegal drugs at the time he committed the murder.

Llenes apologized to the family of the victim as “he was haunted by his conscience.”

“Humihingi ako ng pasensya sa nagawa ko sa inyong anak. Nakokonsensya talaga ako. Nakagamit ako ng droga, (I apologize for what I did to your daughter. My conscience is haunting me. I was influenced by drugs,)” Llenes said.

Llenes will face charges of murder to be filed on Monday (April 15).

Silawan was found dead in a vacant lot in Barangay Bankal in Lapu-Lapu City.

Her face was skinned and her body bore 20 stab wounds.– Marje Pelayo (with details from Gladys Toabi)

Gatchalian calls for stricter monitoring in schools after reports of illegal drug alternatives

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 2, 2019

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture Senator Sherwin ‘Win’ Gatchalian has called for stricter monitoring in schools after reports of students allegedly using illegal drug alternatives such as “magic mushroom”.

In a statement, Gatchalian said that it is alarming to hear reports about high school students using psychedelic mushrooms or ‘magic mushrooms’ commonly found in rural areas as a form of illegal drugs substitute.

Department of Education (Deped) Secretary Leonor Briones said that several high school students were hospitalized after using the said illegal drug substitute.

Gatchalian also said that this incident needs to be investigated further in order to come up with a solution for the safety of the students in the country.

“Marami rin tayong dapat malaman. Gaano na karami ang naiulat na ganitong uri ng insidente? Paano natuklasan ito ng mga mag-aaral? Saan ito laganap? At ano-ano ang naging mga epekto nito sa ating mag-aaral? (We also have a lot to be learned. How many similar incidents were reported? How did students discover it [magic mushrooms]? Where is it rampant? What are its effects on our students?), ” he said.—AAC

PNP probes 9 missing children in Pasay, looks into possible drug involvement

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 27, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is looking into all the possible angles, including drug involvement, for the case of the nine missing children in Pasay City.

According to Pasay City Chief of Police PCol. Bernard Yang, one of the missing children is allegedly involved in illegal drugs and is listed on the drug watch list.

“Sa ngayon hindi po natin masasabi pa na may involment ang mga bata sa droga pero hindi po rin natin isinasantabi po iyan, (For now we cannot say that the children are involved in illegal drugs but we are not discounting the the possibility),” he said.

The PNP also belied reports that the missing children were recruited by leftist groups. Authorities also continue to coordinate with the parents for additional information including CCTV footage.

However, Yang lamented how the parents of the missing children went on social media to post about the case and not to the authorities.

“Sa totoo lang doon din po kami nagtataka mas nauna pa po pinost nila sa social media bago po nag-report sa amin, (To be honest we were wondering why they posted on social media first before reporting to us),” he said.

“Hindi tama na mag-post lamang sa [Facebook] ang kailangan pumunta agad sa mga kapulisan upang i-report ang mga pangyayari at mabigyan ng aksyon (It is not right to just post on Facebook, they first need to go to the police to report the incident),” Yang added.

Meanwhile, the PNP reminds parents to always check on their kids and always be aware of their whereabouts.—AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Palace warns Robredo against ‘revealing state secrets’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 18, 2019

Malacañang has reiterated President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that Vice President Leni Robredo could be removed as the co-chairman of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD) if she reveals sensitive information about the drug war to foreign individuals and entities.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said revealing state secrets would be damaging to Filipino people.

“Not to mention that under Article 229 of the Revised Penal Code, such revelation of privileged information is a crime which has perpetual special disqualification from office, among its penalties,” he added.

Panelo said the president’s warning came when the vice president previously requested access to all data and documents relating to the government’s war on drugs.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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