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Suspect in brutal killing of Cebuana teen nabbed in Davao City

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2019

Photo credits: CIDG RFU11

The primary suspect in the killing of Cebuana teen Christine Lee Silawan is now under police custody.

The suspect, identified as Jonas Bueno, 32, was arrested in Davao City, according to information from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Region 11.

He was nabbed around 5 p.m. on Friday (March 15) after he was spotted at the Matina Crossing.

The 16-year old Silawan was found dead on a vacant lot in Lapu-lapu City, Cebu on Monday (March 11). She was reported missing by her mother after she failed to return home on Sunday (March 10).

The Grade-9 student was found naked waist down and her face was skinned to the bone. She also sustained multiple stab wounds, and further examination revealed that her tongue and throat had been removed.

Based on initial investigation, the suspect has reportedly been staying in Matina Crossing for four days and was working at a construction site prior to his arrest.

Authorities allegedly closed in on him with the help of the community and his photos circulating online.

Bueno’s capture was carried out following the arrest warrant issued by the Danao City Regional Trial Court Branch 25 Judge Jerry Dicdican over a previous murder case.

He is the prime suspect in the killing of Trinidad Batucan, 60, who was found dead on January 11, with the skin on her face and chest removed.

READ: Duterte condemns brutal killing of teen in Cebu

President Rodrigo Duterte has condemned the gruesome killing of Silawan and ordered the police to hunt down the suspect.

A bounty of P2-million had been put up for the arrest of those behind the murder. — Robie de Guzman

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PNP has strong murder case vs. Cebu teen’s killer

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, April 26th, 2019

Murder suspect Renato Llenes admitted to killing and skinning 16-year-old Christine Silawan.

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is confident of having a strong case against Renato Llenes as the one who brutally murdered 16-year-old Christine Silawan.

Silawan was killed on March 10 in Barangay Bankal, Lapu-Lapu City, with her face skinned and undergarment missing.

According to PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, the pieces of evidence that they have point to Llenes as Silawan’s killer.

Based on the recent test, the DNA samples obtained from the pair of scissors that were used in the crime matched with Llenes.

The investigation also revealed that Llenes planned to kill the victim.

“Iyong neuro psychiatric test niya lumalabas na ginawa niya ang bagay na ‘yun with discernment, at nasa matinong pag-iisip siya, at I think also iyong lie detector test niya ay consistent din. Although we are not using it doon sa pagfile ng kaso, pero it’s an aid for investigation para sa amin,” Albayalde said.

(Based on the neuro psychiatric test, he did the crime with discernment and with a sound mind. Also, his lie detector test was consistent. Although, we are not using it in the profile of the case, it’s an aid for investigation for us.)

Albayalde also met with Silawan’s mother, Lourdes, who expressed concern after Lapu-Lapu City Chief of Police Colonel Lemuel Obon warned of charging her for obstruction of justice for not cooperating with the investigation.

“We assured her na wala namang ganoong mangyayari. We convinced her also na mag file siya ng statement niya dahil noong una, kaya siya nasabihan ng ganoon ay dahil ayaw niyang magbigay ng salaysay,” Albayalde said.

(We assured her that nothing like that will happen. We convinced her also to file her statement. She was warned like that because earlier, she refused to testify.)

“Although iyong complainant naman dito ay kami na, at nakafile na yung kaso, but then again also iba ‘yung may salaysay ang immediate relatives, lalong lalo na siya yung nanay,” he added.

(Although we are the complainant, and the case has been filed already, it is still important for immediate relatives to issue their statements, especially since she is the mother.)

Llenes is currently detained at the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office.

Aside from the skinning of her face, Christine sustained multiple stab wounds in different parts of her body which eventually caused her death, based on authorities’ autopsy report. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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

by Marje Pelayo   |   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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Rage possibly prompted Silawan murder—psychologist

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   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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