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Rage possibly prompted Silawan murder—psychologist

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2019

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)

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PNP on full alert for the long holiday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is on full alert for any incidents and emergencies this long holiday.

This includes the local units, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), the Highway Patrol Group, the Explosives and Ordinance Division, the Maritime Group, and the PNP Aviation Security Group.

PNP spokesperson Bernard Banac said police officers are randomly boarding buses to secure the safety of the passengers.

“Ang kailangan natin dito ay ma-prevent natin at mabigyan ng seguridad ang ating mga kababayan na nakasakay sa mga public transportation. Hindi na natin kailangang hintayin na may mangyaring krimen ang mahalaga ay ma-prevent na natin, (We need to prevent [crimes] provide security to our citizens in public transportation. We don’t have to wait for any crime to happen. We need to prevent it),” he said.

The PNP has called on the public to not hesitate in reporting any suspicious individuals or items around the area.

Meanwhile, the PNP has also prepared two 4×4 trucks and a coaster that can be used to augment vehicles in transport terminals in case there aren’t enough buses to accommodate passengers on their way to the provinces.

According to Banac, they can only provide assistance to passengers in Metro Manila.

He said they will be in close coordination with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to determine if there are stranded passengers in need of assistance.

“Hindi na ito makakalayo pa sa mga lalawigan kukulangin din ang ating mga sasakyan pang emergency lang dito sa Metro Manila (We can no longer go further in the provinces because we don’t even have enough vehicles here in Metro Manila),” Banac said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Over 25,000 policemen deployed for holiday, elections

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 11th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has deployed 25,723 policemen and 4,548 Police Assistance Desk around the country to uphold security this summer vacation and upcoming election.

According to PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac, all Police Assistance Desk are situated in various locations including airports and bus terminals.

“Lahat ng ating Police Assistance Desk and centers ay naroon sa mga bus terminals, airports, seaports at maging sa mga major highways natin. Mayroon pong mga travel assistance points along the highway(All our Police Assistance Desk and centers are located at bus terminals, airports, seaports and even on our major highways. We have travel assistance points along the highway),” he said.

Banac added that they are also distributing leaflets to passengers about the safety tips during the holiday which include:

  • Avoid posting ‘at the moment’ photos on social media.
  • Make sure all doors are locked before leaving the house.
  • Unplug all appliances to avoid fire.
  • Avoid wearing expensive pieces of jewelry in beaches.
  • Make sure your children are wearing identifications in case they get lost.
  • Don’t let your children swim alone.
  • Be aware of the location of the first aid station and PNP Assistance Desk.
  • For travelers, make sure to arrive on time.
  • Keep your tickets, passports and other valuables safe.
  • Avoid wearing expensive pieces of jewelry and travel light.
  • Stay alert.

Banac added that the PNP remains in heightened alert status until the election period ends on June 12.

“Nagkaroon na tayo ng adjustments sa ating deployment sa bahagi ng Mindanao may mga karagdagang deployment doon na pinapatupad ng ating police regional offices (We made adjustments in our deployment in parts of Mindanao. We have additional deployment there),” he said.

Meanwhile, the management of North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) will add 700 tellers this long holiday.

Free towing service will also be given for Class 1 vehicles starting April 17 to 22. The traffic situation in NLEX and SCTEX can be monitored via live streaming in their Facebook page.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, April 11th, 2019

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)

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