THE gruesome slay of 16-year-old Christine Lee Silawan is considered solved but not closed, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Colonel Bernard Banac said.
Banac said the case is considered solved following the arrest of the primary suspect, but it is not yet closed as two more suspects are still being subject of manhunt operations.
He said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is now the lead agency handling the investigation the case.
“Meron pang mga posibleng dalawa pang suspects na may kaugnayan sa kasong ito kaya patuloy ang pagsuporta ng PNP dahil ang NBI na ang lead agency dito sa investigation at lahat ng mga records na nauna na nating hawak ay nakahanda na pong ibahagi sa NBI Regional Office 7 at inaasahan natin sa loob ng madaling panahon ay magkakaroon ito ng resulta katulad din na nangyari na pagkaroon ng agarang kalutasan sa kaso,” said Banac.
(There are two other suspects in the case and the PNP continues to support the NBI, which is now the lead agency handling the investigation, and the NBI Central Visayas is set to release all the records that we have on the case. We expect the case to be resolved soon.)
NBI operatives arrested on Saturday, March 16, the 17-year-old former boyfriend of Silawan who reportedly admitted a hand in the killing, along with his two cohorts.
The arrested suspect was identified through closed-circuit television footages as the last person seen with Silawan in the evening of March 10, before she was found dead.
Silawan's mutilated body was found in a vacant lot in Barangay Bankal, Lapu-Lapu City on March 11. Her face was skinned to the bone. (SunStar Philippines)