Palace defends bounty for Davantes' killers-A A +A
Friday, September 27, 2013
MALACANANG justified Friday why it offered a P2-million bounty for the capture of the killers of Kristille Kae Davantes, saying the brutality of her killing was taken into consideration.
"In this particular case, nakita natin iyong results of the investigation. And nakita naman na it's not a regular… hindi lang basta ninakawan, nagkaroon pa ng pagpatay at 'yung manner ng pagpaslang sa kanya ay hindi rin ordinary," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing.
"Those are the elements that are present in that case, the President deemed it proper to put a bounty," she added.
Valte said that prior to the President's reward offer, the Philippine National Police initially announced a bounty, as well as the local government of Las Pinas.
Asked if the Palace will do the same with other cases of heinous crimes, Valte said the release of a reward is treated by Malacanang on a case-by-case basis.
"We deal with it really on a case-to-case basis and also taking into consideration the recommendations of the Philippine National Police," she said.
When it comes to the bounty offered to other fugitives, Valte said the President takes into consideration the difficulty being faced by police for going after the fugitives and also the leads produced by the authorities.
Aquino approved a P2-million reward offer for the Davantes murder a week after her killing on September 7. The police said the case of Davantes is considered closed following the arrest or surrender of most of the suspects involved in the crime. (SDR/Sunnex)