ONE thing is certain. The police are not clear about who really killed Christine Lee Silawan.
The 16-year-old girl’s mutilated half-naked body was found in Sitio Mahayahay, Barangay Bankal, Lapu-Lapu City last Monday, March 11. Yet, the person who might be responsible for her death was found, of all places, in Davao City last Friday, March 15.
Jonas Martel Bueno was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation—Davao and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Davao City, get this, “soon after the bounty for the killers of Silawan reached P2 million.”
And yet, Bueno is not even a person of interest, let alone a suspect.
That is, that’s what Police Regional Office 7 Director Debold Sinas told local media during a press conference last Friday afternoon.
And yet, hours earlier, an online news site in Manila quoted him as saying that Bueno was one of the principal suspects in Silawan’s murder. It said that Sinas ordered a manhunt against Bueno and two unidentified companions after they were sighted in the northern town of Sogod a day after Silawan’s murder.
So where did the Manila online news site get that information? That was the very same question the police official asked during his press conference.
Did somebody here in Cebu pretending to be Sinas call or text them?
Sinas even said there was no evidence pointing to Bueno as the teenager’s killer.
Well, they better get their acts together because it’s quite obvious one of them is not telling the truth. Or perhaps, is twisting it.
Either way, Sinas did say they were studying the similarity of the cases.
By that, he meant the killing of Trinidad Batucan, a 60-year-old farmer in Danao City whose mutilated body was found inside his house last January.
Bueno and his two brothers were tagged as suspects in that case.
Regional Police Intelligence Chief Senior Supt. Remus Medina was even quoted to have said that “the modus employed by Bueno and his companions was similar in the killing of Batucan.”
By the way, so as not to confuse everyone, a warrant for Bueno’s arrest was issued by Danao City Regional Trial Court Branch 25 Judge Jerry Dicdican for the death of Batucan. Not for Silawan.
And yet a report from Davao City said Bueno was nabbed in Barangay Matina Crossing Guadalupe for the alleged killing of Silawan.
During interrogation, Bueno, who is now detained at the NBI Davao Region, denied killing Silawan.
Apparently, the media in Davao knew something we didn’t.
Anyway, the public outcry was understandable, especially after gruesome images of Silawan’s half-naked body popped up on social media or were carried on the front page of several newspapers.
But why did authorities in Davao jump the gun? I know President Rodrigo Duterte gave the police marching orders to solve the case immediately, but their actions only added to the confusion.
Senior Supt. Lemuel Obon, the director of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office, the lead agency investigating the case, had one thing to say about this whole thing.
“It’s fake news.”