Rage possibly prompted Silawan murder—psychologist

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 22, 2019   •   3848

A CCTV footage shows Christine Lee Silawan with the suspect before her murder

A psychologist speculates that extreme anger or rage prompted the murder of Christine Lee Silawan.

Dr. Camille Garcia said it might have stemmed from the suspect’s jealousy, possessiveness, or repressed anger. Repressed anger, Garcia said, might come from being abused as a child.

But there might be individuals with a criminal mind.

“Ito ang mga pang tipong serial killer. Sa kanila, it’s a form of satisfaction when they do something na karumal dumal para sa ibang tao. Sila ang may mga sociopath at psychopath, (These are the serial killer type. For them, it’s a form of satisfaction when they do something abhorrent. These are sociopaths and psychopaths)” Garcia said.

Examination of the victim’s remains, revealed the possible scenario that led to the brutal murder of 16-year-old Silawan.

Based on the autopsy report of the PNP Crime Laboratory Region 7, Christine was stabbed 20 times in various parts of her body.

Dr. Benjamin Lara , chief medico legal of PNP Crime Lab-7 said, “When we examined the victim, visible na ang vertebra niya o backbone ng neck o wala na ang trachea, esophagus, wala na iyong musculature o right side ng neck at dila, (When we examined the victim, her vertebra or the backbone in the neck area is visible. The trachea is gone, espohagus. Her musculature or right side of the neck is also gone).”

Lara also clarified, Christine’s heart, lungs and kidney remained intact. The victim also fought back because of the injuries in her fingers.

“The fact na marami siyang injuries sa kamay and mayroon siyang very deep incision on the left palm, those are sign of struggle na nanlaban o lumaban yung bata, (The deep incision on the left palm are signs of struggle)” he added.

They are also not disregarding the possibility of a post mortem animal predation or the consumption of human flesh by animals.

However, authorities remain puzzled on how carefully the suspect skinned the victim. They also speculate that the suspect has expertise on the matter.

“If this is purposely done, I can say that it is carefully and meticulously done,” Lara said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

DILG says cops on ‘narco-list’ who opted to retire early not spared from probe, charges

Robie de Guzman   •   February 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said that cops included in the narco-list who opted to file for optional retirement will not be exonerated from criminal charges if they are found to be involved in the illegal drug trade.

Año made the statement Wednesday after some members of the opposition group slammed reports on the move of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to give the 357 cops included in the narco-list the option to retire early to reduce the cases for adjudication.

PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa earlier said he is open to optional retirement of police officers accused of having drug links to lessen the government resources that will be used when the adjudication begins.

He, however, asserted that the early retirement won’t clear the cops from allegations and that this is not an easy way out.

He added that any officer who initially availed of the early retirement option will be pursued if proven to be involved in the narcotics trade.

Gamboa recently met with most of the 357 cops and explained to them the process of the two-way adjudication to be initiated based on his request to President Rodrigo Duterte.

The process involves adjudication at the regional and directorial level for one week before the cases go to the national level which will handle the cases for three weeks.

Once all the cases are submitted to the Office of the PNP Chief, it will take three days for him to submit the results of the adjudication for approval.

Año said the 357 cops accused of having drug links should present proof to remove their names from the narco-list.

“Patunayan nilang wala silang kaugnayan sa iligal na droga. Nasa kanila ang burden of proof, iprisinta nila ang mga ebidensya na magpapatunay na wala silang kinalaman at kaugnayan sa iligal na droga,” he said.

The DILG chief said the evidence should be presented to four agencies handling illegal drug reports – the PNP, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency and the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“Hanggang hindi nagkakaroon ng pagkakasundo ang apat na ahensyang ito, hangga’t hindi nila sinasabi ng ‘Okay na yan’, magpapatuloy ang imbestigasyon,” he said.

The narco-list is a consolidation of intelligence and other reports from law-enforcement agencies and still needs to be verified and validated. Aside from uniformed personnel, the list also includes local officials and judges as well as other personalities.

Once a complaint is filed, it can be validated within a month, Año said.

He also said that the final clearance will come from the President. 

“Gusto nating maparusahan ang mga may kaugnayan sa iligal na droga” Año said. “I commend PNP Chief Gamboa for having the courage in resolving this issue na matagal ng burden ng PNP. We need to deal with this para makapagtrabaho na nang matino ang ating mga pulis,” he added.

PNP to begin crackdown after receiving list of illegal gambling operators

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 19, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to begin crackdown operations after receiving the list of illegal gambling operators.

PGen. Archie Gamboa said the list is now in the hands of the regional directors and the PNP is already in the process of launching police operations.

Gamboa also said that police commanders will be relieved from office if they fail to accomplish their responsibilities.

“In the next few months, heads will roll if you don’t follow my instruction no-take and you’re not doing anything to stop illegal gambling,” he said.

Last week, the PNP Chief already relieved several local police officials for not curbing illegal gambling in their assigned areas.

They include 10 precinct and station commanders as well as chiefs of police in Metro Manila. —AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Espenido to face probe for speaking out on drug list inclusion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 19, 2020

Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will conduct an investigation on Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido for speaking out on his inclusion in the drug watchlist.

PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa said that he will handle the issue internally.

“Leave it to us. It’s purely an internal issue. I will deal with Espenido squarely as the Chief PNP and he being a member of the PNP,” he said.

Gamboa said that the PNP has a general instruction to over 300 policemen included in the narco list to remain mum on the issue especially when the adjudication process is still ongoing.

Espenido, on Tuesday (February 18), denied his involvement in drugs and said that there was a failure in the intel on the drug watchlist.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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